“One of those deals, it's the next guy up,” Landry said. “We leaned on Brennan today, and he did an excellent job. Brennan's always been a guy that regardless of what happens, he's going to work hard.”
That's the thing about Clay. Great attitude. Smile on his face. Upbeat spirit.
Dom Whaley emerged from nowhere to be the tailback a year ago. Williams arrived from junior college this year and took over.
“That's part of the game,” Clay said. “Great backs come to this university.”
But sometimes, he also serves who stands and waits. Clay has been a decent kickoff returner, plays on third downs as a receiver out of the backfield and gets a few carries a game.
Then came Saturday.
Stoops termed it a “huge day” for Clay and “very satisfying … even for the other guys. He's a great team player. He's an example for all the players. When you get your opportunity, are you going to take advantage of it?”
“I've just been fortunate enough, being able to play my turn,” Clay said. “Damien, it was a sad situation he was out. But I was able to step up. They recruit us for that.”
So Saturday, when this still was a ballgame and the Sooners looked vulnerable in a stadium that has eaten a ranked team or two, Clay kept a half alive and went home with a game he'll remember forever.
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