Player: Brennan Clay
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Height & Weight: 5-foot-11, 194 pounds
Likely position on fall depth chart: Backup running back
The rundown: He began the 2011 season as the starter, getting the nod in the first three games, but eventually was bumped down after Dominique Whaley emerged. Still, Clay finished third on the team with 274 yards and a touchdown on 75 carries. That score was his first career march into the end zone in the season opener against Tulsa. After that, he put up a career-high 15 rushes against Missouri before sitting the Texas and Kansas games with a shoulder injury. Following Whaley's broken ankle, Clay assumed a much larger role.
Expectations for 2012: His role will be similar to last year: come in and produce at times when Whaley needs a breather in the high-octane Sooner offense. Because Clay is a solid back, he'll be afforded a decent number of carries and must make the most of them for OU to reach its potential in the running game. Both Clay and Roy Finch, along with Damien Williams, will be expected to push Whaley. So, Clay's role isn't just about producing on the field but also getting the best out of his starter as well.
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