Clayton McGrath, a former football letterman at Brown University, joined the Duke staff in July of 2013 and serves as a graduate assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball. The 2015 campaign will be his first coaching the defensive tackles.
During the 2014 season, McGrath was part of a defensive coaching group that watched Duke hold five opponents to 13 or fewer points, the most since 1971. The Blue Devils allowed 21.77 points a game, the fifth best mark since the start of the 1976 season and best since allowing 20.58 points per game in 1994. Duke also forced 21 turnovers with 10 fumbles recovered and 11 interceptions.
McGrath aided in the development of ends Kenny Anunike and Justin Foxx in 2013. Anunike, who led the Blue Devils in sacks in each of his final three seasons and signed with the NFL’s Denver Broncos in May of 2014, was a two-time All-ACC pick while Foxx, who was a captain of Duke’s ACC Coastal Division championship team in 2013, finished his 45-game career with 152 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
In 2013, the Blue Devils recorded 26 takeaways — the fourth-highest total in the ACC — and their average points allowed in the fourth quarter (4.64) ranked second in the conference, trailing only national champion Florida State. In addition, Duke won all four of its road ACC games by allowing an average of 19.5 points per contest in victories over North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
In 2012, McGrath served as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University, working with the defensive line as the Cardinals posted the program’s first winning season in 10 years.
McGrath, who helped Brown to four straight winning seasons and the Ivy League championship in 2008, was a two-time All-Ivy League selection in 2010 and 2011. As a junior, he led the conference in tackles for loss while ranking third in quarterback sacks.
A native of Longmeadow, Mass., McGrath graduated from Brown in 2012. His father, Neil, is an assistant coach on the Brown football staff. McGrath, the brother of fellow Duke graduate assistant coach Sam McGrath, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Christian studies.