Clemons provides a spark for Cats

September, 10, 2011
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One of the most promising young players in the SEC this season is Kentucky true freshman running back Josh Clemons.

He's also the best thing the Wildcats have going right now offensively.

Clemons ripped off an 87-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to break a 13-13 tie, and the Wildcats have now pulled away late in the fourth quarter and lead Central Michigan 27-13.

He has the kind of power and speed to be a special player, and Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said this week that Clemons' role was only going to grow in the offense.

Judging from what I've seen to this point, he's a guy that probably needs to carry the ball 15 to 20 times a game.

There's still a lot of kinks to work out in the Wildcats' offense, but Rick Minter's defense is holding up its end of the bargain.

Central Michigan has been able to move the ball. But through seven quarters this season, Kentucky has allowed just one touchdown. The Wildcats' fourth-down stop in the third quarter was huge and completely changed the complexion of this game.

It's just that kind of game-turning play defensively that Phillips was envisioning when he made the decision to bring in Minter as his defensive coordinator following last season.

Chris Low | email

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