"I'm actually really surprised at the amount of tight ends we've used," Clay said.
"Last year I was a fullback and now I'm doing more tight end stuff. It doesn't matter to me what my role is, but I like this."
WVU coaches apparently do, too.
"We're going to attach him (to the offensive line) a lot more and he'll do some physical things," Dawson said.
Clay caught one pass for 2 yards at Oklahoma when Paul Millard was the starting QB. He had two receptions for 18 yards when Ford Childress stepped in as the starter.
In Trickett's first game as a starter - a 30-21 win over then-No. 11 Oklahoma State - Clay set career-highs in catches (three) and receiving yards (27).
"Cody is that safety valve," Trickett said. "He's dependable, he is more athletic than people give him credit for, and he is a West Virginia kid."
And while a pass catcher like Texas Tech's Amaro does more work downfield, Clay anticipates his work will be done closer to the line of scrimmage.
"That's kind of what I did in high school, but I was the outside receiver," Clay said. "I was doing 10-yard curls and post routes when I needed to.
"I remember in 7-on-7, the first two plays of the game would be 10-yard curl to one side and a 10-yard curl to the other side ... those are the things I did in high school and it wouldn't surprise me if I ended up doing that here."
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