LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky running back Josh Clemons will
miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus.
Wildcats coach Joker Phillips make the announce Tuesday.
Clemson, who had surgery Tuesday morning, had an MRI exam on
He injured his knee Saturday in the Wildcats' 54-3 loss at South
Carolina. Phillips said he noticed the true freshman was "a little
gimpy" during the game, but the second-year head coach didn't
think much of it until a routine check-up on Sunday.
Clemons leads the Wildcats' running backs with 279 rushing yards
and two touchdowns. He emerged as a reliable backup in the first
two games of the season and earned his first career start when
Raymond Sanders suffered a knee injury and missed three games after arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 15.
Sanders returned for his first game back from injury Saturday,
the same day Clemons went down.
The Wildcats' next game is Oct. 22 against Jacksonville State.
The injury to Clemons is another blow to an offense that ranks
consistently among the bottom of FBS statistics. Three of
Kentucky's starting offensive linemen have missed at least one game
Wide receiver Gene McCaskill, the team's No. 2 receiver who
missed all of last season with a torn knee ligament, has only
played in three games because of back problems. True freshman
receiver Daryl Collins, who was expected to play this season, is
out until next year after dislocating a kneecap in August.
"We feel for Josh but we feel for the other guys, too, because
he's a special guy to all the players on the team," Phillips said.
"We've got to get the other guys better. They've had some reps
because of Raymond (Sanders)'s absence, so we've got some
experience. In a year you have a ton of injuries, you also gain a
ton of experience because of it.
"It's happened this way with Raymond and now with Josh."
Through six games, the Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 SEC) are No. 119 out
of 120 FBS teams in total offense with 229 total yards per game,
No. 118 with 13 points per game and No. 105 in rushing yards with
110 per game.