Kentucky Football: Wildcats RB Josh Clemons out for season

Stud Kentucky RB out for season with Achilles tear

7/16/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The Kentucky backfield took a big hit as sophomore running back Josh Clemons tore his Achilles tendon during a workout on Friday, ensuring season-ending surgery.Blog Photo - Kentucky Football: Wildcats RB Josh Clemons out for season

Clemons, a three-star prospect from the class of 2011, was reportedly in the running for the starting position with senior counterparts Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George.

“We are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far," coach Mark Stoops said. “He ran well during the spring and was eager to contribute this season. We are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his return to the field.”

As far as depth goes, the 'Cats are going to be O.K. Sanders and George are the returning leading rushers, and D.J. Warren and Dyshawn Mobley are able-bodied carriers that can contribute.

Still, Clemons is a talented back that was more than ready to hit the gridiron this fall. He briefly showcased what he can do during his true freshman season, rushing for 279 yards in his first six games (including this dandy of a run) before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him from then through the entire 2012 campaign.

If you click the link to that 87-yard touchdown run provided in the paragraph above, you can get an idea of what Clemons brings to the table. He's a little on the small side (5-foot-10, 205 pounds), but his the hole with force and has deadly breakaway speed.

It's a tough break for a kid that deserves good things, but Big Blue Nation fans: Look forward to him joining what looks to be a very strong corps in 2014.


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