"He's an athlete," Sartin said. "He's quick on his feet and he's shifty. You've just got to maintain."
But what's impressed Mote most this week hasn't been Clinton's physical talents, as impressive as they are. It's been Clinton's demeanor.
"Probably what stood out the most was his attitude," he said. "He could have easily come in and said, 'This is not how we do it,' or 'This is how I do it.' He's been so receptive to whatever you throw at him. That's probably what's been remarkable about him. He's a team player."
Clinton's next team, the UC Golden Eagles, enters the 2013 season trying to build off its successes from 2012. The Golden Eagles finished 9-2 and tied with Shepherd for 25th in the country at the end of the regular season. But losses to the Rams and Glenville State left them in second place in the final season of the West Virginia Conference and out of the playoffs.
UC wants a playoff berth in the inaugural season of the Mountain East Conference, and Clinton could help with that right off the bat. He said Golden Eagles coaches told him he could start immediately at slot receiver and help the team improve on its 1,609 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns from last year.
Clinton said his experience at quarterback should help make him a more effective receiver in a shorter period of time.
"It's going to help a lot," Clinton said. "I've been talking with the quarterback at UC and he's mentally ready. He makes good decisions. I know how to read the defense and he knows how to read the defense. We're on the same page at the same time, so there should be no reason why we shouldn't hook up."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712.