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January 25, 2013Caleb Clayton-Molby is a junior college transfer from Georgia Military College. He is listed at 6-foot-2-inches, 240 pouunds and is competing for a spot on both sides of the ball. He is primarily a H-back for the Charlotte 49ers, but played mostly inside linebacker at Georgia Military.
The Panama City Beach native joined the 49ers at the beginning of this spring semester. While he will have a jump on the recruits coming in later this year, Caleb will still have his work cut out for him with the season's start quickly approaching.
With his busy schedule of business classes and morning workouts, Clayton-Molby found the time to sit down with NinerReport.
NinerReport: Coach Lambert said about you, "We're recruiting him as an H-back but we know he can play either side of the ball." How are you viewing this role on the team & do you want to prove your worth on the defensive end as well?
Caleb Clayton-Molby: To me it really doesn't matter where I play, at my Junior College I played fullback and linebacker so I'm really comfortable on both sides. I care more about where I'm needed on the team, rather than where I want to be.
NinerReport: Coach Lambert also mentioned the advantage you have, being able to start preparing in January. How does getting here early help you?
Clayton-Molby: It's definitely one of the biggest things, it's a huge difference because winter and spring ball makes a difference [for your] starting position. It gives you experience and helps you buy into the program, because buying in is 90 percent of success in a program. To me, coming out of my junior college, graduating in December and being here in January rather than May made a huge difference of committing or not for me. If I wasn't going to come in January I honestly probably wouldn't be here right now.
NinerReport: Why did you choose Charlotte?
Clayton-Molby: Number one, I love the coaches, I've been lots of places and seen lots of coaches, the one thing I can tell about these coaches is they're very transparent and easy to understand what they're talking about. They're good people also, they don't just yell at you all the time. They're personable, they take time to know you, know your family and know where you come from.
NinerReport: Who did you choose them over, were there any other schools you were seriously considering?
Clayton-Molby: Honestly, I committed very early because I was coming off of a sprained MCL. I didn't really have a chance to be recruited a lot, I didn't have any other offers coming out of JUCO because I committed within my third or fourth game. One decision I did have to make [before JUCO] was whether I was going to go to a junior college or walk on and be a grey shirt at Florida State, so that was one thing I was going to think about doing after junior college, would be trying to go back to Florida State. Then Charlotte just won me over obviously.
NinerReport: Have you decided on an academic major, and what are your classes like, are you enjoying them?
Clayton-Molby: I actually just switched to a business major; I was going to try Kinesiology, but I was behind on my science classes. I'm taking statistics and micro economics right so I'm on track for the business major. The classes aren't bad; it's different because the classes are so much bigger, I'm used to having 20 kids in my class, not 200.
NinerReport: What are your short term goals at the moment, in preparation towards the start of the first season?
Clayton-Molby: Before the season starts I'd like to be 100 percent comfortable with the entire offense, and gain a relationship with everyone and all the coaches on the team. [I'd like to] be comfortable, and be where I want to be at body-wise in terms of strength.
NinerReport: Expand on what you think of the coaching staff?
Clayton-Molby: These coaches are just so awesome, they're the kind of coaches that will hug my mom, and they really know my parents, and the people that mean a lot to me. They do that with everyone on the team, they're really motivating that way, they're really involved, and they just know what they're doing.
NinerReport: What part of your game do you pride yourself on the most?
Clayton-Molby: Being physical, I love to just hit people honestly. I'm a contact kind of guy.
NinerReport: Do you have expectations of where you'll be on the depth chart for the start of the season?
Clayton-Molby: Number one, number one.
NinerReport: How successful do you think the team will be in its first season ever, and why?
Clayton-Molby: We're going to be as successful as we want to be. I'm not going to make predictions about records or anything. The records are going to come with the hard work we put in. As far as right now, this being my first semester, from what I see we're going to be successful just because of [the players] work ethic and the coaches effort.
NinerReport: What's you favorite thing about UNC Charlotte so far, besides the football team?
Clayton-Molby: Definitely the campus, to me the campus is just outrageous. I'm used to a 1,500 kid junior college in a little town; I'm from Panama City, Fla. So the campus is just amazing, it's really cool, I love the food everywhere and all the people, and I'm a big people person.
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