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John Clay
John Clay

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Racine, Wis.

High School:
Washington Park

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 248

Position:
RB

Experience:
2V

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Honors and Awards
2010: Doak Walker Award finalist ... AP third-team All-American ... consensus second-team All-Big Ten ... Midseason: named second-team All-American by SI.com and Phil Steele and first-team All-Big Ten by Steele ... Preseason: Named playboy All-American ... second-team All-American (Athlon and Consensus Draft Services) ... third-team All-American by the Sporting News ... first-team All-Big Ten (Phil Steele, Athlon and Blue Ribbon) ... named to watch lists for Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award
2009: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ... first-team All-Big Ten by media and coaches ... honorable mention All-American (collegefootballnews.com) ... Champs Sports Bowl MVP ... first-team Midseason All-Big Ten (Phil Steele) ... preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele, Athlon and Lindy's ... Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List
2008: Honorable mention Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... UW's Rookie of the Year

Career
Seventh in school history with 3,413 career rushing yards ... third in school history with 5.43 yards per rush (min. 300 attempts) ... 41 career rushing touchdowns ranks fifth in school history, as does his 18 career 100-yard rushing games ... seventh at UW with 629 career carries ... eighth at Wisconsin with 240 career points ... rushed for 100+ yards and scored at least one TD in 10 straight games from 10/31/09-9/25/10

2010: Led team in rushes and rushing yards per game, second in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, third in points and total offense ... became sixth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons ... scored a touchdown and gained 76 yards on 11 carries against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1; average of 6.9 yards per carry is seventh-best in UW bowl history (min. 10 carries) ... carried four times for seven yards against Northwestern on Nov. 27 ... did not play against Michigan on Nov. 20 or Indiana on Nov. 13 due to injury ... left Purdue game on Nov. 6 due to injury after rushing for 42 yards on 12 carries ... rushed for two touchdowns and 91 yards on 24 carries and caught first pass of season for nine yards at Iowa on Oct. 23 ... UW's co-offensive player of the week after rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 ... named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week after tying career-high with three rushing touchdowns and also gaining 111 yards on 21 carries against Minnesota ... carried the ball 17 times for 80 yards at Michigan State on Oct. 2 ... earned 118 yards and one TD on 15 carries against Austin Peay on Sept. 25 ... tallied 123 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries against Arizona State on Sept. 18 ... gained 137 yards and scored two touchdowns (eighth-career two-TD game) on 23 carries against San Jose State on Sept. 11 ... rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries at UNLV on Sept. 4

2009:
Earned second letter ... played in all 13 games, starting eight ... led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the country with 1,517 rushing yards ... that is the ninth-best single-season total in school history and the second-best by a sophomore ... 13th different Badger, and the sixth sophomore, to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season ... led the Big Ten with 18 touchdowns, tied for 12th-best in the country ... his 18 rushing TDs tied for fourth-most in school history and tied for sixth in the country ... nine 100-yard rushing games tied for fourth in school history ... 287 carries were sixth-most in the country and 10th in UW history ... named Champs Sports Bowl MVP after rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries against Miami on Dec. 29 ... named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after tying career high with three rushing touchdowns and rushing for 172 yards on 24 carries vs. Hawaii on Dec. 5 ... also named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting career highs with 184 yards rushing and three TDs (tied career high with 32 carries) at Minnesota on Oct. 3 ... rushed for 151 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown against Michigan on Nov. 14 ... registered 134 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries in the first half, but did not play in second half, at Indiana on Nov. 7 ... tied career high with three touchdowns and gained 123 yards on 24 carries against Purdue on Oct. 31 ... 142 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 32 carries against Michigan State on Sept. 26 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week against Fresno State on Sept. 12 after rushing for 143 yards, including a career-long 72-yard touchdown run, on 21 carries

2008: Earned first letter ... played in all 13 games, starting one ... second on the team with 195 carries for 884 yards and nine touchdowns ... rushing total was fourth-best by a freshman in school history ... ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 884 rushing yards and sixth in conference games with 599 yards ... averaged 83.0 yards per game (including three 100-yard games) over the last seven games ... ran for 107 yards and season-high two touchdowns on 11 carries for a stellar 9.7 yard per carry average against Cal Poly on Nov. 22 ... season-high 112 rushing yards on 19 carries and a touchdown at Indiana on Nov. 8 ... 111 yards rushing on 14 carries and a TD for 7.9 yards per rush at Michigan State on Nov. 1 ... game-high 88 yards rushing on season-high 25 carries against Illinois on Oct. 25 in his first career start ... 16 carries for 89 yards and first reception of career at Iowa on Oct. 18 ... named UW's co-offensive player of the week after rushing for a team-high 69 yards on 10 carries vs. Ohio State on Oct. 4 ... carried the ball three times for 52 yards and a TD, including a 46-yard burst on Sept. 27 at Michigan ... made his Badger debut with with 71 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries against Akron on Aug. 30

2007: Redshirted ... named UW offensive scout team player of the week for Michigan game

High School:
Played in U.S. Army All-American game ... listed as a Velocity/PrepStar 100 selection (No. 10 running back in the nation) ... No. 11 on Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" listing ... named to SuperPrep All-America team ... No. 4 running back in the nation and No. 2 player in Wisconsin according to Rivals.com ... nation's No. 12 running back according to Scouts, Inc. ... three-time, first-team all-state selection ... two-time state player of the year ... three-time team MVP ... spent one year as a team captain ... rushed for 1,485 yards and 15 TDs on 170 carries as a senior after registering 2,032 yards and 30 TDs on 162 carries the year before ... led team to state title as a junior ... career rushing totals include 5,005 yards and 58 TDs on 509 carries ... earned four letters in football and three in track ... a two-time 4 X 100 meter state finalist ... football coach was Dennis Thompson

Personal: Parents are Sara and John Clay ... major is family, consumer and community education

Career Rushing Statistics
Season GP/GS Att. Yds. TD Yds/Att Long
2008 13/1 155 884 9 5.7 46
2009 13/8 287 1517 18 5.3 72
2010 11/9 187
1012
14
5.4
40
Totals 37/18 629 3413 41
5.4 72

Game-by-Game Rushing (Att.-Yds., TD)
2008 SEASON: Akron (12-71, 1); Marshall (11-54, 2); Fresno State (3-14); Michigan (3-52, 1); Ohio State (10-69); Penn State (10-43); Iowa (16-89); Illinois (25-88); Michigan State (14-111, 1); Indiana (19-112, 1); Minnesota (10-35, 1); Cal Poly (11-107, 2); Florida State (11-39)

2009 SEASON: Northern Illinois (15-43, 2); Fresno State (21-143, 1); Wofford (12-70); Michigan State (31-142, 1); Minnesota (32-184, 3); Ohio State (20-59); Iowa (21-75); Purdue (24-123, 3); Indiana (15-134, 1); Michigan (26-151, 1); Northwestern (23-100, 1); Hawaii (24-172, 3); Miami (22-121, 2)

2010 SEASON: UNLV (17-123, 2); San Jose State (23-137, 2); Arizona State (22-123, 1); Austin Peay (15-118, 1); Michigan State (17-80); Minnesota (21-111, 3); Ohio State (21-104, 2); Iowa (24-91, 2); Purdue (12-42); Northwestern (4-7); TCU (11-76, 1)

Career Receiving Statistics
Season Rec. Yds. TD Yds/Rec
Long
2008 1 2 0 2.0 2
2009 9 61 0 6.8 11
2010 1 9
0 9.0
9
Totals 11 72 0 6.5 11

Game-by-Game Receiving (Rec.-Yds., TD)
2008 SEASON: Iowa (1-2)

2009 SEASON: Ohio State (3-11); Iowa (3-23); Indiana (1-10); Northwestern (1-11); Miami (1-6)

2010 SEASON: Iowa (1-9)

Career All-Purpose Yards
Season Rush Rec. PR KR Total Avg./G
2008 884 2 0 0 886 68.2
2009 1517 61 0 0 1578 121.4
2010 1012 9
0 0 1021
92.8
Totals 3413 72 0 0 3485 94.2

Game-by-Game All-Purpose Yards
2008 SEASON: Akron (71); Marshall (54); Fresno State (14); Michigan (52); Ohio State (69); Penn State (43); Iowa (91); Illinois (88); Michigan State (111); Indiana (112); Minnesota (35); Cal Poly (107); Florida State (39)

2009 SEASON: Northern Illinois (43); Fresno State (143); Wofford (70); Michigan State (142); Minnesota (184); Ohio State (70); Iowa (98); Purdue (123); Indiana (144); Michigan (151); Northwestern (111); Hawaii (172); Miami (127)

2010 SEASON: UNLV (123); San Jose State (137); Arizona State (123); Austin Peay (118); Michigan State (80); Minnesota (111); Ohio State (104); Iowa (100); Purdue (42); Northwestern (7); TCU (76)

Career Game Highs
Rushing Attempts 32 (2x), MR at Minnesota, Oct. 3, 2009
Rushing Yards 184 at Minnesota, Oct. 3, 2009
Rushing Touchdowns 3 (4x), MR vs. Minnesota, Oct. 9, 2010
Long Rush 72 vs. Fresno State, Oct. 12, 2009
Receptions 3 (2x), MR vs. Iowa, Oct. 17, 2009
Receiving Yards 23 vs. Iowa, Oct. 17, 2009
Receiving Touchdowns N/A
Long Reception 11 at Northwestern, Nov. 21, 2009
All-Purpose Yards 184 at Minnesota, Oct. 3, 2009
Season Game Highs
Rushing Attempts 24 at Iowa, Oct. 23, 2010
Rushing Yards 137 vs. San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010
Rushing Touchdowns 3 vs. Minnesota, Oct. 9, 2010
Long Rush 40 vs. San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010
Receptions 1 at Iowa, Oct. 23, 2010
Receiving Yards 9 at Iowa, Oct. 23, 2010
Receiving Touchdowns N/A
Long Reception 9 at Iowa, Oct. 23, 2010
All-Purpose Yards 137 vs. San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010

Updated - 1/19/10

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