By Stephen Tsai
Former UH defensive back Brian Clay Jr. has fulfilled his redshirt/transfer requirements and is eligible to play for Washington this year.
Clay Jr. transferred back to the mainland to be closer to his mother, who is suffering from MS. "It's not California, but it's closer," said his father, Brian Clay Sr.
The elder Clay said Washington has a strong reputation in treatment of MS. He said his wife will go there several times a year for treatment.
Clay Sr. said UH coach Norm Chow wrote a letter of support for his son. The release and letter allowed Clay Jr. to immediately receive a scholarship from the Huskies.
"We have nothing but love for coach Chow," Clay Sr. said. "My son is crazy about him. We love coach Chow and coach Mack and even TK (former UH defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer)."
Clay played eight games as a true freshman in 2011. He redshirted in 2012. He transferred after the start of UH's 2013 fall semester but before the start of Washington's fall quarter. He redshirted with the Huskies this past season, practicing but not playing in any games.
UH opens against Washington this season.