Kentucky redshirt sophomore running back Josh Clemons will undergo surgery and will miss all of the 2013 season after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury, the school announced Monday.
The injury comes after Clemons competed in Kentucky's crowded backfield this spring after missing all of the 2012 season with a knee injury.
“We are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far,” coach Mark Stoops said. “He ran well during the spring and was eager to contribute this season. We are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his return to the field.”
This truly is a sad turn of events for Clemons, who was at one time considered the Wildcats' top offensive weapon a couple of years ago. Kentucky's previous staff saw so much potential in Clemons, but also saw him play in the team's first six games during the 2011 season. His 279 rushing yards led the team at the time and his two touchdowns were both game-winning scores for the Wildcats.
Clemons incurred his season-ending knee injury against South Carolina in 2011 and never regained his health last season. However, he made tremendous strides this spring, as he looked to work himself back up the depth chart. He still had the likes of Dyshawn Mobley and Raymond Sanders in front of him, but Clemons looked good in Kentucky's spring game, rushing for 56 yards on 10 carries and catching two passes.
Clemons was a dynamic player when he saw the field for the Wildcats. And he was still learning so much before he went down with that devastating knee injury.
Now, he's facing yet another setback. He seemed primed to make a move on the Wildcats' depth chart this fall, but this injury will delay his comeback. You have to feel for a young man who had so much support and appeared to be so close to coming back to the football field.