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November 25, 2012

Clay proves that patience and hard work is paying off

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Clay said the touchdown was the highlight of his three-year career with Oklahoma. It’s a moment he knows he would not have been able to have last season.

“I probably hit a lowpoint sometime my sophomore year. Just being injured and not being able to perform to the best of my ability,” Clay said. “Last year I started a couple of games and got nicked up. Just sitting on the sideline and kind of a Debbie downer. But I stuck with it and got healthy. Good things happen.”

After patiently waiting deep on the depth charts, Clay has seen a resurgence in his career since the Sooners’ win over Iowa State. With Damien Williams banged up, he came in and helped carry the offense with hard running between the tackles. It was something he was not known for when he first arrived.

But since that game, Clay has become a vital part of the OU attack. That was evident by his number getting called on the final play of Bedlam.

“It’s patience,” Clay said. “Throughout the years I’ve been nicked up. Injuries here and there. Especially nagging ones. Just to be pretty much healthy and full go. I’m excited for myself to be able to go out and provide for this offense. I just knew to keep on coming and keep working hard and good things happen to those who wait.”

Having gone through such a tough season has allowed Clay to enjoy the good times even more.

“I am so much more appreciative,” Clay said. “Just to be able to celebrate with my teammates is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To finish at Bedlam is a great experience.”

Michael KinneyFollow me @eyeamtruthmkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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