An injury opened the door for Josh Clemons to start as a true freshman at running back for Kentucky. After two starts, an injury nearly cost Clemons the starting job he’d just had dropped into his lap.
The key word there, however, is nearly.
Head coach Joker Phillips revealed Wednesday Clemons is healthy and will start for Kentucky against No. 1 LSU this Saturday. Clemons suffered a strained hamstring during the first quarter of last weekend’s 48-10 loss to Florida, but has returned to practice and, barring a setback in the next couple of days, appears ready to go.
“He practiced all day,” Phillips said in quotes distributed by the team. “He made it through the practice and he will be ready to go. Tomorrow will be a practice to make sure everyone understands the plan. It won’t be full speed but three-quarter speed. He should make it to the game. He is healthy enough and from what I saw today, he will be the starter.”
Clemons has started the past two games after season-opening starter Raymond Sanders suffered a knee injury in the second game of the year. Clemons, a three-star recruit out of Fayetteville, Ga., has rushed for a team-leading 200 yards and two touchdowns.