Rushing into the Records

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Wayne Black

File Under: athletics, football, sports

When the football season began for the College of Mount St. Joseph, everyone knew that senior running back James Clay would have a great season, but nobody could have predicted that it would be historic.

Currently, Clay leads all divisions of NCAA football in rushing yards with 2,002, which is 263 yards more than the NCAA Division 2 leading rusher, and 661 more than NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Series (FBS) leader.  The number 2,002 is also a special number for the College of Mount St. Joseph, because it is also the new record for rushing yards in a season. The previous record was 1,318 yards held by Mike Lovell in 2006.

“I wasn’t really surprised when I found out that I broke the record, because I knew that I was going to get it after I broke 1,000 yards in the fourth game,” Clay said.

Not only is Clay making news at the Mount, but he also was featured in the “Courier Journal”, a Louisville newspaper. When asked about how he felt about the article, Clay was surprised at the popularity of the article.

“When I heard all of the people around the Mount talking about how much they liked the story it kind of shocked me like ‘wow this is crazy’,” Clay stated.

Not only can Clay add more yards to his already broken record, but he can also break another record for touchdowns in a season. Currently he has 21 touchdowns, which is also a new record for the Mount.

In his future Clay hopes to play overseas. If football doesn’t work out, he would like to own his own business. Currently he has been contacted by a team from Germany and scouts for the Detroit Lions have also reached out to him.