- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
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NORMAN, Okla. -- It’s easy to consider Brennan Clay “the forgotten man”.
The other members of the Cali Trio -- Kenny Stills and Tony Jefferson -- are being talked about as team leaders and critical to Oklahoma’s hopes for success in 2012. The same isn’t being said about Clay. And when the Sooners' running back situation is discussed, Clay often goes overlooked even though he began 2011 as the starter and is arguably the most complete running back on the roster.
It's safe to say Clay is hoping to finally stay healthy and make his mark on OU’s program as a junior.
“Brennan is pushing himself to prove to everybody he can be that guy,” running backs coach Cale Gundy said. “Brennan is one of those guys where you know what you’re going to get. He’s kind of like (former OU tailback) Chris Brown to us coaches.
“They are different style of players but you know what you’re going to get. You know exactly what they are going to do, they’re not going to bust, they’re going to play hard, they’re going to play physical. You can count on guys like that.”
Clay believes it is as simple as remaining on the field after missing portions of his freshman and sophomore seasons due to various injuries.
“I’ve been injured, I haven’t been 100 percent,” Clay said. “Now, I feel more than 100 percent, I feel 110.”
It’s clear Clay has the traits to be a coaches best friend. He’s assignment-sound, trustworthy and competes hard so don’t be surprised if he makes a significant contribution this fall.