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It is hard not to feel optimistic at a football team’s Media Day. The combination of a new year and an assortment of excited young faces cannot help but make even the most jaded observer mildly eager with anticipation. Yesterday’s UK Football Media Day was no different. Everyone seemed confident and the intoxicating sense of possibility was in the air. But even among all the wonderful stories of promising newcomers, one name stood out, the next big thing at Kentucky RB, Josh Clemons. It doesn’t take long for Clemons to grab your attention. As you can see from the above picture, Clemons is built like a man already and has the look of an all-SEC capable Running Back before his first game. He is fast, he is strong and if you were picking teams for a football game based solely on appearance, he might go before any other Kentucky skill position player.
And that sense of possibility is also reflected in the comments of his coaches. Tee Martin told me yesterday that Josh would “open a lot of eyes this season.” The usually reserved Joker Phillips got a sparkle in his eye when I mentioned Clemons and said that he “hopes he plays as good as he looks.” Longtime UK observers on the field all commented on Clemons and Chip Cosby said last night on KSTV that he believed Clemons would be playing all season long. I wont profess to know his future and you can watch Clemons’s highlights below and make your own educated guess. However in a Freshman class that nearly every media observer agreed looks physically as good as any that have ever arrived on UK’s campus, Clemons stood out as the man to watch. That probably means that you should get to know him as well.