OU football notebook: Brennan Clay motivated by ESPN fan poll

Oklahoma was the only state that picked the Sooners to win the Sugar Bowl.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 22, 2013


photo - Oklahoma’s Brennan Clay runs 64 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State.   Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma’s Brennan Clay runs 64 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma senior running back Brennan Clay noticed a fan poll on ESPN.com that asked who would win the Sugar Bowl.

Oklahoma was the only state that picked the Sooners, and Clay said at the time, 89 percent of America had picked No. 3 Alabama.

“The only state that voted for us was the Okies,” Clay said. “That makes me proud. We play for this state. We're gonna go out with a bang.

“I think that if we can come out with this win, it definitely puts us back in the national spotlight, that we are national contenders. I believe that we are. We just have a few hiccups, it seems, every year, but I think we always play at a national championship football level, so I think that this will be a good test for us.”

MIXON PUTS OU IN TOP THREE

Five-star running back prospect Joe Mixon announced his top three college choices Saturday on Twitter, saying he'll choose early next month between Oklahoma, Wisconsin and UCLA.

Mixon, from Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., holds offers from dozens of major programs around the country. He visited Oklahoma in early October for its victory over TCU.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Mixon is ranked by Rivals as the best running back prospect in the nation for the recruiting class of 2014, and the ninth-best overall prospect.

Mixon will announce his college choice during the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

OU already has a 2014 commitment from running back Samaje Perine, a four-star prospect from Pflugerville, Texas.

QUOTABLE

Dee Stoops, mother of OU coach Bob Stoops, on the Sugar Bowl matchup with No. 3 Alabama:

“I feel very confident in Bobby's body of work, so I'm not counting the Sooners out.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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