RB Josh Clemons, who is coming of a torn meniscus, apparently had swelling in the knee after Saturday's scrimmage. He has not practiced since. He is going in for an MRI today, but it looks like to me with such a deep RB pool, he may spend 2012 in a redshirt year.
Unfortunately that is missing almost 2 full seasons, will he ever be the same?
Sounds like he will redshirt. The MRI is not a good sign. As for him being the same, it's my understanding he has the same exact injury Derrick Locke had. I'm not sure Locke was ever the same as he was a true freshman but he was still pretty good. Locke came back quicker but if I'm remembering correctly there were concerns about his recovery going into his junior season. Alfonso Smith got most of the carries in the first couple of games and then Locke emerged as the better back against Louisville in the third game that year, including a kick-off return, and took over the as the primary ball carrier. In a move that will never understand, the coaching staff kept reducing Smith's carries to the point that he did not have a single carry against UT in his last home game and the staff went to Moncell Allen as the 2nd string RB.
Back to Clemons. If there is one player I'm not worried about missing a season and a half, it is Clemons. He came to UK as probably the most impressive physical specimen at RB I've seen. He is obviously willing to put in his time in the weight room. What worries me more is the fact that it appears the surgery may not have been completely successful. It seems like if a person requires a second surgery that is never a good sign in terms of prognosis.
And official word comes today that Clemons will redshirt. Tough break. My guess is he may never play again. Two years away from the game is long time.
Thankfully George looks like a really good young tallent. I'm hoping Clemons is indeed able to return to full spped whenever he returns. I'd love to see the tandom of him and George running together in a game.