Clemons returning to UK backfield

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Its been a long time since Josh Clemons played in a football game for Kentucky but his return is drawing closer. After a serious knee injury in October 2011, Clemons has had to be patient. "At times it's pretty frustrating but I mean, you've got to have faith in the man upstairs and he knows what he's doing, so I knew my time would come."

Clemons played in six games as a freshman, rushing for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Clemons was the team's leading rusher when he was injured at South Carolina. So far so good this spring. "I'm feeling pretty good, probably the best I've felt in a long time." Clemons tried to return last August but needed to continue his rehabilitation. "The only thing that really held me back was the swelling and it hasn't done that this spring."

UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown is encouraged by what hes seen in the first five practices. "Clemons is doing good, we're taking it really, really slow on him, precautionary. He's rusty, he's practicing, like we went Friday-Saturday, we didn't practice him on Saturday just as a precaution. He could have, he could have played if we were playing a game but we're bringinig him back slowly."

Coming out of Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Georgia, Clemson was named State Offensive Player of the Year in Class AAAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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