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Kentucky RB Josh Clemons out for season

Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 1:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You wouldn't think things could get any worse for the Kentucky offense, already the worst scoring offense in the SEC by a full touchdown, the 119th-ranked offense in the FBS in total yardage, and possessors of one of the most hideous offensive displays of the entier college football season in last week's 54-3 loss to South Carolina. But it's gotten worse.

Head coach Joker Phillips announced Tuesday that starting tailback Josh Clemons will miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the loss to the Gamecocks. Clemson underwent surgery Tuesday morning, the Courier-Journal reported.

Clemons had been one of the precious few bright spots on the Wildcat offense, leading the team with 279 yards rushing and a 4.29 per-carry average as a true freshman. Combined with his 53 yards receiving (also fourth on the team), Clemons' yards-from-scrimmage account for just under a quarter (24 percent) of his team's total yardage for the season.

“If there’s ever a year that it doesn’t shock you, it’s probably this one,” offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said in response to Clemons' injury. “It seems things like that just keep piling up.”

There is some good news for the Wildcats; sophomore Raymond Sanders, the de facto tailback starter until he missed three games with an injury, is healthy again. And with Kentucky on a bye this week, he'll have another week to get back to full speed before the 'Cats host FCS Jacksonville State Oct. 29.

But if that even qualifies as a silver lining, it's not going to distract anyone from the giantic black storm cloud that has enveloped this Kentucky season. The Wildcat's ground game is the only part of their offense that isn't rock-bottom in the SEC--their rush offense ranks 11th in both per-carry average and yards per-game (thanks, Tennessee!).

But even that meager "success" was largely due to Clemons' hard running. If Sanders isn't up to filling his shoes -- hard as it is to imagine -- the 'Cat attack could get even more toothless.


Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:08 pm

Kentucky RB Josh Clemons out for season

With all the realignment conference talk both Kentucky and Vanderbilt should at least consider moving to the Big East where they would be competive in football and have an elevated level of play for their superior basketball teams.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:53 am

Kentucky RB Josh Clemons out for season

Not all of us UK fans have given up on our football program. It's a down year but with Clemmons being a Frosh and the guys already commited this year the future will be brighter.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:10 pm

Kentucky RB Josh Clemons out for season

Here's wishing the best for Clemons.  I know Kentucky football is having a down year, but these kids work hard every week and come to play on Saturdays despite having subpar talent.  It's not helping that their own fans shun them and can't wait for basketball season to start. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:51 pm

Kentucky RB Josh Clemons out for season

Just forfeit the rest of the season.

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