Where Clay goes from here, of course, is a great unknown. After all, he was recruited as a tight end by Bill Stewart, turned into a slot receiver by Holgorsen, switched to center during his true-freshman season, then to fullback with a bit of receiver and tight end to mix things up.
"If you would have told me my senior year in high school that I'd be playing fullback and tight end and inside receiver, yeah, I'd have been surprised,'' Clay said. "It's not that I didn't think I was capable of that, but my body didn't seem to fit that at the time.''
No, at the time Clay's body seemed to fit the mold of a tight end who might have to become an interior lineman once he began a college weight training program. That he didn't was a bit of a surprise, witness the coaching staff's decision to move him to center and then have to move him off the line again.
"I thought coming out of high school that he could play tight end in the right offense,'' said running backs coach JuJuan Seider, who recruited Clay while Seider was at Marshall. "When I played, we used those types of tight ends. Anthony Becht was that type of guy.''
And the truth is, what happens to Clay as far as his body type and where he fits in might continue to change.
"Remember, when John Thornton came in he was a tight end who grew into a D-lineman. Warren Sapp was a tight end who grew into a D-lineman,'' Seider said. "If you've got a guy like Cody, maybe not as fast and quick-twitch as those guys who became D-linemen, you know he can play on the offensive line.
"But then look at the offensive tackle this year coming out of Oklahoma [Lane Johnson]. He was a quarterback and he [was the No. 4 overall draft pick] at offensive tackle. You just don't know how guys' bodies are going to develop.''
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