Clay Helton
    Clay  Helton

    Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach


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    Clay Helton is in his fifth year (2010-14) at USC as the quarterbacks coach. He added the passing game coordinator role in 2012 and became the offensive coordinator in 2013. He joined the USC staff in February of 2010 after spending 10 seasons as an assistant at Memphis.

    In 2013, he served as USC's interim head coach in its victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Trojan offense was in the national Top 25 in red zone scoring.

    In 2012, quarterback Matt Barkley won the Wuerrfel Trophy and was a finalist for the Manning Award, Unitas Golden Arm Award, Senior CLASS Award and ARA Sportsmanship Award as he became the Pac-12 career recordholder for passing yards (12,327), completions (1,001), touchdowns (116) and total offense (12,214). He also was a 2012 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete. He was a fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

    In 2011, Barkley was a Manning Award and Wuerrfel Trophy finalist as he set the Pac-12 season record for TD passes (39) and the USC season mark for pass completion percentage (69.1%), as well as school game standards for completions (35), pass yardage (468), passing TDs (6) and total offense (470). He was eighth nationally in passing efficiency and 16th in total offense. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

    Helton, 41, began his 10-year (2000-09) Memphis career as the running backs coach for 3 seasons, then coached the Tigers' receivers for the next 4 seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the final 3 years.

    Among the Tigers' running backs he tutored was school rushing/scoring/all-purpose running recordholder DeAngelo Williams, who went on to finish seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2005 and be an NFL first round selection.

    As the receivers coach, he produced a pair of Conference USA All-Freshman picks in Maurice Jones (2005) and Duke Calhoun (2006), as well as the school's No. 4 all-time receptions leader in Ryan Scott. In 2003, Memphis set school season records for receptions and receiving yardage.

    As the Tigers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the 2007 and 2008 offenses were among the top 6 in school history in total yards and points. Both squads were ranked in the top 26 nationally in total offense. Quarterback Martin Hankins became Memphis' No. 2 career passer and set single season records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes in 2007. In 2009, Curtis Steele had his second consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards, Calhoun became the school's all-time leading receiver and Carlos Singleton set the career mark for receiving touchdowns

    Memphis played in 5 bowls during Helton's time: the 2003 and 2007 New Orleans Bowls, 2004 GMAC Bowl, 2005 Motor City Bowl and 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.

    Helton was hired as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State after the 2009 season, but was there just 2 months before coming to USC.

    Before Memphis, he was the running backs coach at Houston, his alma mater, for 3 seasons (1997-99), working under his father, head coach Kim Helton.

    He began his coaching career at Duke, serving as a graduate assistant in 1995 and then the running backs coach in 1996.

    He played quarterback at Houston in 1993 and 1994, playing for his father both seasons and captaining the Cougars as a 1994 senior. In 1993, he completed 1-of-3 passes in late duty in Houston's 49-7 loss to USC in the Coliseum.

    He spent 1991 and 1992 at Auburn, where he earned 1992 SEC All-Academic honors. He redshirted there in 1990.

    He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and interdisciplinary science from Houston in 1994.

    He prepped at Clements High in Sugar Land (Tex.)

    He was born on June 24, 1972. He and his wife, Angela, have 3 children: sons Reid, 16, and Turner, 10, and daughter Aubrey, 14. Besides being Houston's head coach from 1993 to 1999, his father, Kim, was an assistant in college (Florida, Miami and Alabama Birmingham), the NFL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins) and the CFL (Toronto Argonauts) following his playing career at Florida. His brother, Tyson, is the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky after assistant coaching stops at Cincinnati, Alabama Birmingham, Memphis and Hawaii and playing at Houston.


    BIRTHDAY: June 24, 1972
    FAMILY: Wife, Angela; Sons, Reid, 16, and Turner, 10; Daughter, Aubrey, 14
    HIGH SCHOOL: Clements HS, Sugar Land, Tex.
    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, mathematics and interdisciplinary science, Houston, 1994
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Clements HS, Sugar Land, Tex.
    Auburn, quarterback, 1991-92
    Houston, quarterback, 1993-94

    1995 Duke Graduate Assistant --
    1996 Duke Running Backs --
    1997 Houston Running Backs --
    1998 Houston Running Backs --
    1999 Houston Running Backs --
    2000 Memphis Running Backs --
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    2002 Memphis Running Backs --
    2003 Memphis Receivers New Orleans
    2004 Memphis Receivers GMAC
    2005 Memphis Receivers Motor City
    2006 Memphis Receivers --
    2007 Memphis Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks New Orleans
    2008 Memphis Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks St. Petersburg
    2009 Memphis Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks --
    2010 USC Quarterbacks --
    2011 USC Quarterbacks --
    2012 USC Passing Game Coord./Quarterbacks Sun

    NFL STARS: DeAngelo Williams, Matt Barkley