But Clay’s attitude has never swayed. Coaches and teammates have noticed that through the years.
“Brennan’s the type of kid that regardless of what happens in circumstances, if he’s playing a lot or if he’s not playing a lot he comes to practice every day and he works hard, he knows his job and he’s humble,” quarterback Landry Jones said. “When something good happens to those kids you always want to cheer them and get behind them. We’re just really appreciative of what he’s done at this place and how hard he’s worked and how consistent of a back he’s been.”
Gundy constantly compares Clay to former OU running back Chris Brown. Brown rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2008. His greatest attribute was that the Sooners knew what they were going to get on every snap.
Clay’s done the same. The only difference this season is that the production has risen. He’s averaging 6.9 yards per carry with four touchdowns. The yards per carry is double what he averaged his freshman and sophomore seasons. Clay believes that can be attributed to better health. He was hampered by injuries in 2010 and again last season.
Above all else, Clay is the example of taking advantage of what the opportunity truly means. Williams’ right ankle is still tender. The Sooners will likely ride him again on Saturday when they face Baylor at Owen Field.
“There aren’t a lot of guys that are gonna come in here and start for five years. We recruit a lot of good players every year, “ Gundy said. “The biggest misconception is people thinking if you don’t start for three or four years, you haven’t had a great career. That’s not true. You come in here and be a one- or two-year starter and maybe three years playing on special teams; you’ve had a pretty good career at the University of Oklahoma.”
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