UK confirms Clemons expected to miss season

UK confirmed Monday that sophomore running back Josh Clemons is expected to miss the entire 2013 season with an Achilles tendon injury.

β€œWe are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far,” Coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. β€œHe 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.”

Clemons was UK’s leading rusher as a freshman before suffering a torn meniscus midway through the 2011 season. His highlights that year included an 87-yard touchdown run against Central Michigan, which was the longest ever in Commonwealth Stadium.

That injury forced Clemons to miss the entire 2012 season.

He returned to the field this spring and spoke excitedly about the opportunity to play for the Cats in 2013.

“I’m feeling good,” Clemons told the Herald-Leader in March. “This is the best I’ve felt in a long time; I’m not going to lie to you.”

Clemons rushed 10 times for 56 yards and caught two passes during the Blue-White Game.

UK will return senior running backs Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders as well as sophomore Dyshawn Mobley. Highly touted freshman Jojo Kemp also is expected to be an impact player.

— Ben Roberts

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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