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OSU football: Collin Clay granted eligibility but tears ACL

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive lineman Collin Clay's bad news outweighed his good news, and the former Putnam City star will be sidelined for the 2020 season.

The good news had come in the form of his NCAA eligibility waiver, which was recently approved after his transfer from Arkansas. It would have made him eligible to play this season.

But Clay recently tore his ACL and is out for the year. He posted the news on Instagram on Thursday. 

The 6-foot-3, 296-pound Clay will still be considered a sophomore next season. 

Clay played in 11 games as a true freshman defensive end at Arkansas last season.

While he had been progressing well and finding a role with the Cowboys, the superior depth of the defensive front should be able to absorb the painful blow of losing Clay. 

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OSU's Collin Clay (93) during the first spring football practice for the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center in Stillwater. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

OSU's Collin Clay (93) during the first spring football practice for the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center in Stillwater. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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