Kentucky on Saturday will yet again be without one of is top playmakers from a year ago.
Coach Joker Phillips ruled sophomore running back Josh Clemons out of Saturday’s game with Kent State. Clemons is still recovering from a devastating knee injury that he suffered last October. In six games last year, Clemons rushed for 279 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries. The coaches were extremely excited about his explosive ability and his toughness between the tackles.
Clemons missed the season opener against Louisville because he had his knee scoped and some extra "bodies" were taken out.
On Wednesday, Phillips said Clemons still isn’t ready for game action, and he’s unsure when he’ll be.
“He’s probably going to be a week-to-week guy,” Phillips said.
Clemons just hasn’t been able to shake the swelling that continues to appear since he tore his meniscus last year. Phillips said that every time the coaches throw Clemons on the field in practice or push him the swelling re-emerges.
Without Clemons, the Wildcats turned to CoShik Williams and Raymond Sanders in the opener against Louisville. The two combined for 13 carries for 100 yards. Those numbers would have been better if Kentucky didn’t have to turn into more of a passing team once Louisville’s lead got bigger. Still, not having Clemons in the lineup is a big blow to the offense.
Phillips hasn’t ruled Clemons out for the rest of the season, but if he can’t get back on the field fast enough, Phillips might have to shut him down.
“As we go through this thing,” Phillips said, “if it gets to the point where we’re losing significant time we’ll make a decision whether or not to hold him for the rest of the year.”