Joe Clay
Joe  Clay

RS Senior

San Angelo, Texas

High School:
Lake View HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 270

Defensive Line


Has evolved into one of the top defensive linemen in Conference USA? one of only nine players to start all 13 games last season? listed as a starting defensive end heading into fall camp... athletic run-stuffer who has developed his pass rushing skills? one of the most improved players on the defensive side of the ball... 2003: Ranked as the top defensive lineman with 87 tackles, including 58 solo stops? second on team with 16 tackles for a loss and led all players with seven sacks for 41 yards? also led the team with 22 quarterback hurries and broke up two passes? was the Cougars? defensive leader in the season-opening win against Rice? recorded six tackles with two solo stops, including two for a loss of 11 yards against the Owls? continually put pressure on Rice?s quarterback with a seven-yard sack and two hurries? made seven tackles with four solo stops and added a tackle for a two-yard loss at No. 5 Michigan? recorded eight tackles, six solo, and forced a fumble at Louisiana-Lafayette? also made one tackle for a loss of a yard and recorded three quarterback hurries against the Cajuns? recorded seven tackles with six solo stops and added a seven-yard sack against Mississippi State? was a potent force in the MSU offensive backfield with two pass breakups and a game-high four quarterback hurries? finished as team?s third-leading tackler with nine stops, including six solo efforts at East Carolina in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN2? also made three tackles for a loss of five yards with a three-yard sack, forced a fumble and applied two quarterback hurries against the Pirates? was a constant threat at Tulane and sealed the win for the Cougars with a six-yard sack to end the game? recorded five tackles with four solo stops while forcing a fumble against the Green Wave? made five tackles, including three solo efforts, and applied four quarterback hurries against Memphis? was one of five Cougars to record double-digit tackles against 15th-ranked TCU? finished night with five solo stops, a tackle for a one-yard loss and a quarterback hurry against the Horned Frogs? recorded six tackles with four solo stops against Southern Miss at UH?s Homecoming? was the Cougars? defensve leader at Conference USA rival Army? recorded four tackles with three solo stops, including three for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards? added a pair of quarterback hurries against the Black Knights? finished game at Louisville with nine tackles, including seven solo stops... made two tackles with a sack for a six-yard loss against Hawai?i during the Sheraton Hawai?i Bowl... added a pair of quarterback hurries against the Warriors... 2002: Started the first eight games of the year before being hampered by an injury... recorded 33 tackles and finished second on the team with 10 tackles for losses... led the Cougars with 11 quarterback hurries... recovered first career fumble late in the first half against Tulane... made four tackles with two for losses and a sack at UAB... led Cougar defenders with three TFLs, a sack and a game-high five QB hurries against Louisville... 2001: Saw limited action as a redshirt freshman... played in three games towards the end of the season... recorded two tackles against Georgia in the season finale... 2000: Redshirted as a true freshman?High School: Prepped at Lake View High School in San Angelo, Texas... was named Honorable Mention All-State as a senior... selected to the All-West Texas squad as well... honored as Lake View?s Defensive MVP... picked up district MVP accolades... played basketball and participated in track and field?Personal: Born August 26, 1981, in San Angelo, Texas?son of Dorothy Sampson of San Angelo? enjoys watching movies in his spare time... majoring in sociology.

Clay's Career Defensive Statistics

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