Quarterback Clayton Welch has been part of the Syracuse Orange football team since 2017, yet the headlines have always been focused elsewhere.
If articles weren’t about Eric Dungey succeeding, they were about Eric Dungey being injured. And behind Dungey, the hype around former four-star passer Tommy DeVito also took up a fair amount of attention. To a lesser extent, same goes for now-transfer QB Chance Amie and recent arrival David Summers.
But Welch remains a scholarship player for Syracuse, and one that is ready to jump in if called upon. He’s also sort of following in the footsteps of fellow Butte College alum Aaron Rodgers... albeit with a little less fanfare, and heading across the country to play college football.
Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey talked to Welch and Orange teammates about that road to CNY, his abilities and how he’s earned respect from teammates in his time as a reserve. It’s a good look at one of the many unsung players on the Syracuse roster, and worth a few minutes to learn a bit more about Clayton.
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The last time an Orange backup didn’t need to step in at some point was 2012. “There’s no shortage of confidence,” SU defensive end Kendall Coleman said of Welch. “If anybody thinks he can do it, it’s Clayton. But I love that about the kid. He’s not going to back down or cower to any challenge, and that’s awesome.”
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