Jan. 7, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior running back John Clay announced Friday that he will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the 2011 NFL draft. The 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Clay was a 2010 Doak Walker Award finalist and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Clay finishes his UW career seventh in school history with 3,413 career rushing yards and fifth in Wisconsin annals with 41 career touchdowns. In 10 games in 2010, Clay tallied 1,012 yards on 187 carries (5.4 avg.), scoring 14 touchdowns.
“There are a lot of people that I would like to thank who have helped me along the way,” Clay said. “I’d like to thank the great Wisconsin fans for supporting me throughout my time as a Badger. I’d also like to thank my family for helping me through this process.
“I want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity to come to Wisconsin and putting me in a position to showcase my talents. Also, thanks to my teammates for everything they have done to help me. Finally, I have to give glory to God for blessing me with this opportunity. This is the right decision for me at this time and I’m excited to start a new chapter.”
“Since coming to Wisconsin, John has gone above and beyond all of our expectations both on and off the field,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “His tremendous production on the field speaks for itself, but we are also proud of him as a teammate and the work he has done in the classroom and off the field. We support his decision and wish him luck.”