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Man That's A Good Player


This post is sponsored by RO*TEL

As I'm sure most of our readers know, RO*TEL has become of a staple of watching Big Ten football on Saturdays. They hooked up with the Big Ten Network a few years back and a long, delicious marriage ensued. Now they are running a huge sweepstakes and they want all of our readers to know about it.

By entering their sweepstakes, you could win free groceries for a year and a trip to any college football game in 2011, including bowl games. They are also giving away $100 team store gift cards and jerseys every week.

So that's the gist of why we are posting this feature, which we are calling, "Man That's A Good Player."

Seems pretty simple. It's not too hard to find a good player on the Wisconsin Badgers. So let's start with the obvious choice: John Clay.

The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is already off to another hot start, despite having his carries limited as he comes off two ankle surgeries over the winter.

Clay already has 383 rushing yards on just 62 carries. That's an average of 6.2 yards per carry. The coaching staff took the same approach with Clay last season and his carries should only go up, which means he definitely has a chance to eclipse the 1,517 yards he racked up in 2009.

But it's more than just the numbers. There is no running back in the country that runs like John Clay. At 6'1, 255, Clay regularly runs over would-be tacklers and almost always falls forward on contact, which allows him to rack up extra yards on every play.

Still, Clay seems to be getting ignored across the country. Somehow, Clay wasn't named Preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Heisman talk has simmered since the preseason. But that's only because he has split duty with Montee Ball and James White. The numbers are still there. All he needs is one monster game and a bunch of "W's".

It doesn't seem like that will be a problem.

So let's sit back, grab some RO*TEL and relax as Clay continues what should be a monstrous season.