Brennan Clay Media Session

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 02, 2013

Oklahoma Football
Running Back Brennan Clay
Dec. 2, 2013

On if a win against OSU can make this feel like a different season than a few weeks ago:
“I would say so. I think that offensively we’ve been playing a lot better – being able to run the ball. The offensive line, they’ve done a great job playing their keys and just knowing the schemes. I think we’ve all put a big emphasis on film study throughout the week and I think that’s definitely helped us in preparation. The coaches are doing a great job keeping us motivated and just staying on top of our game.”

On what has allowed him to run between the tackles as a smaller running back:
“Being consistent. I know I’m not a big guy, but you’ve got to run with power. [Director of Sports Enhancement Jerry Schmidt] did a great job in the offseason. For myself, my lower half is pretty strong so I think 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 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 just making their keys and if they get a hat on hat there’s normally one guy in the hole and if you’re able to make them miss, you’re to the house. So they’ve done a great job in allowing me to do so.”

On if winning Bedlam will be a good way to finish the season after some adversity:
“I believe so. I don’t believe that we’re hurting or anything. We played great this year. We played some hard, tough games. We had some miscues but it’s football; you’re going to have your ups and downs. We’re going to go into this game and treat it like any other. It’s Bedlam, we know it’s a big rivalry game, but it’s football and whatever happens in between those lines is what’s going to happen and we need to prepare and focus up this week and treat it as another game.”

On how they are preparing for the cold weather on Saturday:
“It’s a little bit tough. It’s football, though. Once you get your adrenaline going, you’re body warmth going, you’re fine out there on the field. It was cold two weeks ago against K-State and I think we handled that pretty well. I don’t think it necessarily hinders us at all on the field. To keep our hands warm, we have hand warmers with a whole bunch of things that you crack up to keep the warmth going. But other than that, as a running back, I don’t wear sleeves in the cold or when it’s wet so I can be able to hold on to the ball a little bit better but catching the rock, like I said, with the hand warmer, keep your hands warm and you’re good to go.”

On his memories from last year’s Bedlam game:
“That was down to the wire. That was probably one of the best games I’ve been a part of. With Blake [Bell] going in at the end of the game to tie it with six, seven seconds left and going into overtime. We were able to execute very well, I made a few plays, the O-line did a great job, and just being able to win that finale like that, it was something special to be a part of in overtime.”

On where his game-winning touchdown against OSU last year ranks in his favorite plays:
“It’s up there. I’d say it’s probably one of my favorite career moments. I personally liked to be a part of my first 100-yard game last year against Iowa State. I just felt that was more of a confidence booster. With that being said, that finale was something special.”



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