Sep 17, 2011; Lexington, Kentucky, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Josh Clemons (20) runs the ball against the Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Losing Clemons Hurts

Last night I looked at how Kentucky was expected to cope with the losses of Pancho and Khalid Thomas after the brothers were dismissed last week. By now I’m sure you have heard that sophomore running back Josh Clemons has possibly suffered another significant leg injury that could cost him another season. It’s heart-breaking for Clemons who has spent almost two years rehabbing his knee and looked great during the Spring. If he is able to come back from this setback, he should qualify for a medical redshirt down the road should he want one.


As tough as it sounds, time marches on and theKentuckyfootball team needs playmakers to help produce points this season. So how does the staff make up for losing a player like Clemons? The good news is that, while he is a very talented player who could have helpedUKa lot this year, Clemons never seemed like the starter. Raymond Sanders has been the favorite to start since the day that Neal Brown was hired because he fits the system perfectly. Sanders is the prototype all-purpose back and I expect him to have a big senior year. He hasn’t always been a fan favorite, but he averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season on an offense that really had no passing threat.


When Sanders needs a breather, freshman JoJo Kemp is there with little to no drop-off. Kemp is in the same mold as Sanders and will contribute in a variety of ways. And when the coaches need some power they have Dy’Shawn Mobley and Jonathan George waiting in the wings to get the tough yards that they will need in the SEC.


You could also see Ryan Timmons line up in the backfield at times, Timmons played a lot of running back in high school. Add in that Kentucky is attempting to get a waiver allowing the Davis twins to play in 2013. Demetrious Davis is expected to play slot receiver and some running back for the Cats. And last but not least, Neal Brown likes to use the Wildcat formation. There is no telling who might be triggerman for it at this time, but any of the guys listed above could do it. As well as Jalen Whitlow, Daryl Collins, or Jeff Badet.



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