AUSTIN, Texas - Cody Clay remembers the confusion well.
He'd finally made his way to West Virginia, fulfilling a life-long dream of being recruited by the Mountaineers. After a making his mark as a tight end at George Washington, he was asked to come to Morgantown and play the same position.
He wasn't asked, though, by the same coaches who greeted him when he arrived. Instead of Bill Stewart and Jeff Mullen, it was Dana Holgorsen and Shannon Dawson. He was a 6-foot-5 tight end in an offense that didn't use a tight end.
Instead, he would become one of Dawson's slot receivers.
"The first time I met Coach Dawson he told me, 'I don't know what to do with you. I've never had a guy your size,' '' Clay recalled.
Well, it took a bit more than a year, several moves and a whole bunch of extenuating circumstances, but Clay seems to have found his spot, although it seems just as incongruous as a 6-foot-5 slot receiver.
Now he's a 6-5 fullback.
"I'm just glad I can play at all. It didn't matter where,'' Clay said. "Last year they even had me at offensive line a little bit. I feel like I finally fit in.''
Last week against Baylor, Clay played more than almost anyone - even he - expected. He was on the field for roughly half of the offensive plays in a 70-63 win over Baylor. He figures to be there some tonight, too, when No. 8 West Virginia faces No. 11 Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
"I'm still recovering,'' Clay said. "It's been a while since I played that much in a game.''
Clay is playing both out of necessity and accomplishment. The necessity was created last week when both the team's regular fullbacks, Ryan Clarke and Donovan Miles, missed the Baylor game with injuries. Clay had played some in a three-back formation - usually along with Clarke and one of the team's tailbacks - but nothing approaching this level of activity.