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Like Father, like Son for Josh Clemons

Josh Clemons has always looked the part of an SEC running back but beyond the first six games of his freshman year the redshirt junior has been sidelined by injury. However, 2014 looks to finally be the season that Clemons is able to get back out there and contribute to a deep corps of ball-carriers. In the stands is sure to be Josh’s father Charlie who has had to watch as his son has dealt with injury after injury. Jen Smith of the Herald Leader had a chance to speak with Charlie Clemons who went through some of the same injuries that Josh has dealt with.

Charlie Clemons, a linebacker at Georgia who spent 11 years playing professionally, suffered his Achilles injury weeks before the season when he was penciled in as a starter for the Saints.

“I’d worked for it all my life, went to the CFL, played in the CFL, played three years with the Rams and this was going to be my shot,” Charlie remembered. […]

Josh, a 5-foot-10, 216-pound junior, became fixated not on the hard work, not on the pain, but on the happy ending.”I came back and had the best season of my career,” Charlie said. “That alone put a bright spot in his mind, that ‘all I’ve got to do is continue to work hard.'”

Jen’s story is a great read about the link between father and son and will get you hyped up to see Josh back on the field. So definitely give it a read. With players like Jojo Kemp, Mikel Horton, Braylon Heard, and Josh Clemons the UK backfield is loaded and ready to keep defenses honest when they take on the air raid. With Heard and Clemons being the oldest at juniors it also looks like a position poised to be a threat for years to come. Football momentum just keeps on rolling, go Cats!
What impact do you think Clemons will have in his return to the field?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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5 Comments for Like Father, like Son for Josh Clemons

  1. JDH
    5:46 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    He looked great in the Spring game. As did all the RB’s. I hope Josh stays healthy and has a great year. Go Cats!!!

    • Hugo
      8:15 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      They looked great because they were running against the Kentucky defense. If I ran the ball against a youth football team, I could look like Barry Sanders.

    • What if
      9:23 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      Well then imagine what you could do against Louisville’s defense Hugo. Those would be huge numbers.

    • What if
      9:27 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      Or is the Cardinals’ defense that gave up about a billion yards in it’s spring game NFL caliber but the offense is just the best ever assembled? Orrrrr….

  2. Versatility
    7:48 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Seems to me Clemons is a good combination of speed and power and might be a helpful change of pace third down back. I’m mostly hopeful that what we saw in the spring game holds up. A backfield of studs who can keep each other fresh and grinding out yards. Could be a lot of fun. 3 yards and a cloud of Air Raid.