Charles Clay (American football)

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Charles Clay
Charles Clay.jpg
Clay with the Dolphins in 2011
No. 42     Miami Dolphins
Tight end/ Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-13) February 13, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Little Rock (AR) Central
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 174
Debuted in 2011 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions 161
Receiving yards 1,809
Receiving TDs 14
Rushing TDs 1
Stats at

Charles Clay (born February 13, 1989) is an American football tight end and fullback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tulsa.


He attended Little Rock Central High School.[1] He was ranked as the 13th top overall prospect in the state of Arkansas by in his senior season in high school.[2]

College career[edit]

In 2009 his junior season, He was selected to the C-USA all-Freshman Team and also was an honorable mention All-C-USA team.[2] He was selected to the Freshman All-America second team as a utility player.[2] Clay's Tulsa biography notes that he is " [a] tremendously gifted athlete . . . has great size and strength . . . extremely versatile player . . . can play tailback, fullback, tight end, split receiver and wildcat quarterback . . . a dangerous threat catching the football . . . very coachable" [3]

Professional career[edit]

Clay got his first career catch on October 2, 2011, against the San Diego Chargers. On November 20, Clay recorded his first touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. He ended the 2011 season with 16 catches and 3 touchdowns and the 2012 season with 18 catches and 2 touchdowns as one of the team's fullbacks. Clay had a breakout season in 2013. After starting tight end Dustin Keller suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason, Clay assumed the starting job after being an H-Back on the team [4] and quickly contributed with his first career carry going for a touchdown and 109 yards receiving [5] in a Week 2 matchup with the Colts. Clay's perhaps season defining play came against Pittsburgh in Week 14 when he broke multiple tackles, including one of veteran safety Troy Polamalu, on his way to a vital touchdown in a Miami win. Clay finished the season with 69 catches, 759 yards and 6 touchdowns in addition to 15 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown.[5]

His 2013 season earned him the 89th ranking position on the 2014 edition of the NFL Top 100.[6]


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