The Norman Transcript

September 10, 2013

Playing with pain is part of the game

OU running back wishes fans had a better understanding of what players go through

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma doesn’t publish an injury report and very few college team do. Coaches don’t want opponents knowing which players are at less than a 100 percent is the obvious reason.

But Sooner running back Brennan Clay said it’s something fans might want to consider when they’re getting on players.

“I can say this for myself, a lot of people probably didn’t know I was injured in my sophomore and junior year. They kind of knew, but they didn’t, and it’s tough. It’s nagging on you,” he said. “You’re thinking about that constantly in the back of your mind. So it’s really rough for, I will say personally, when people are beating down on you and they don’t know how your body feels. They don’t understand how it feels to play a 12-game season in college football. It’s rough and it’s hard and not many people do it. So I think that it’s really rough.”