Brennan Clay has 843 rushing yards this season. With 157 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game, Clay would become one of OU’s more unlikely 1,000-yard rushers. Our man Jason Kersey wrote about Clay for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here.
Clay is not a big tailback. He’s listed at 5-foot-11, 201 pounds. Looks smaller than that.
But Clay gets most of his yards between the tackles. He’s a shifty, tough runner.
“Brennan has great vision and timing,” Bob Stoops said. “Timing, so much of the time, is talked over with running backs. It’s all speed and power. But to be able to feel that timing, he has a great sense to go make a play.”
Clay has become a home run hitter for the Sooners, turning up-the-middle plays into touchdown runs of over 50 yards. He’s like the old wishbone fullbacks, who were speed merchants. Kenny King, Horace Ivory, Clyde Russell. That family of fullbacks.
“I know I’m not a big guy, but you’ve got to run with power,” Clay said. Strength coach Jerry Schmidt “does a great job in the offseason. My lower half is pretty strong. That helps me run through tackles and make people miss. I don’t necessarily believe you have to be a big guy to run between the tackles. I’ve been fortunate enough to do that pretty well this year.
“And like I said, the O-line, they do a great job of making their keys. If they get hat on hat, it’s normally one guy in the hole. If you’re able to make him miss, you’re to the house.”