“Being able to celebrate that moment with them was something special,” Clay said.
“I feel like throughout my whole career I've been battling injuries, with the concussion. That sophomore year, the lingering neck injury was rough. … In my junior year, being a part of that, finally being able to catch up (with them) I feel like because I was put behind.”
Stills and Jefferson each bolted a year early for the NFL Draft, leaving Clay as the only remaining Sooner from the “Cali Trio.”
As a senior, Clay had a few big performances early this season, but didn't receive many carries through a rough four-game stretch beginning with the Sooners' loss to Texas in early October.
But at Kansas State on Nov. 23, Clay recorded a career-high 31 carries and 200 rushing yards, putting his preseason 1,000-yard goal within reach; he's only 157 yards shy of the benchmark.
“Brennan is the greatest example of being ready when your number gets called,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “He's never been the full-time starter, but he's had some huge moments in his career and really, that's the ultimate compliment is that you're ready when you're called upon.”