The hits keep coming for UK football, as it was announced today that running-back Josh Clemons will likely redshirt this year. Head Coach Joker said he’s still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last season at South Carolina, limiting him to just six games last season after it appeared he was emerging as the featured back Kentucky hadn’t seen since Rafael Little was the Cats’ top back for three straight seasons.
Joker also revealed today that former starting RB Coshik Williams is unlikely to play this week, but the Cats will have no shortage of back to throw at Florida’s vaunted defense:
CoShik did not (practice). We’ll take him on the trip to give him that time, but I’m really doubtful that he’ll play. We’ll go with Jon-Jon (George) and Ray (Sanders) and Mobley.
Hopefully George can build off last week’s breakout-performance that saw him receive 19 touches for 105 total yards and three touchdowns. Hopefully Sanders can stay on the straight-and-narrow (I.E., ditch the pipe) and provide a good change-of-pace as a scat-back, while George provides a good between-the-tackles pounder that will likely struggle against Florida’s front-seven.
After contemplating playing true freshman defensive tackle Thomas Chapman and thus burning any chance of a redshirt season, Joker decided to hold off for at least another week on playing him:
He will not play. He won’t even make the trip. We’ll work with him, but continue to hold him. (Cobble) did not get a lot of reps this week and we kind of thought we might need an extra body in there, but he came back today, so we’ll take (Cobble) and leave Chapman home.
On Florida’s injury front, defensive tackle Dominique Easley is still having knee issues after ACL surgery in December. He limped off the field against Tennessee, and head coach Will Muschamp wouldn’t say if he would play Saturday against Kentucky. All-SEC linebacker Jelani Jenkins is out with a thumb injury.
Here’s Joker’s final practice interview before the team departs for Gainesville: