MORGANTOWN - The first thing Cody Clay did when he got the news was go out and buy himself a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
And eat the whole thing.
"You ever had the half-baked before, with the brownie and the cookie dough?'' Clay asked. "Oh, that's good.''
A celebration? Well, not exactly. The fact is, in an instant Clay went from being a factor at one position as a West Virginia freshman to a probable redshirt at another.
Just shy of two weeks into his college football career, the former George Washington tight end has been moved from receiver to center. Clay packs a fairly sturdy 255 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame right now, but offensive lineman at the Division I level don't weigh 255 pounds. In fact, it's rare to find one under 300 these days.
Thus the sweets splurge after a summer filled with trying to eat the right things and do the correct workouts in order to stay in skill-position shape.
"I wasn't trying to lose weight or anything like that, but I also wasn't eating ice cream and trying to bulk up,'' Clay said. "But now I can go out and buy a thing of Ben & Jerry's and eat the whole thing.''
In a way, the position switch is a bit of a surprising one. In new coach Dana Holgorsen's offense there are spots for all kinds of different receiver types. The tight end is pretty much a non-factor - most of Holgorsen's sets don't even include one - but big receivers can be a commodity.
The Mountaineers really have only two who fit the mold. Tyler Urban is likely to start at one of the inside receiver spots. Clay was the only other similar body type on the roster.
But even after performing fairly well and getting plenty of reps during the first two weeks of fall camp, the change was made. Clay was told on Wednesday and actually wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, he figured it was coming eventually.
"I'm built more like a center than an inside receiver. That's what they told me and I understand that,'' Clay said. "I'm fine with that. I figured coming in here that it was always a possibility. They'd always kind of said that depending on how I grow and how my body matures that there was a chance I would move.''
Clay has never played center before, though, and has never been a full-time blocker. As soon as he made the switch he began learning things he had never considered.
"I never realized all the technique that goes with being a lineman. I thought you just blocked people,'' Clay said. "But it's all technique, where you put your body on theirs, and I'm just starting to learn all of that.''
Had Clay known for certain that he was going to become an offensive lineman instead of a tight end-receiver type, he said it wouldn't have changed his decision to come to West Virginia. Shoot, nothing else changed his mind.