Kentucky football team continues preparation for Kent State
- SEC Co-Freshman of the Week vs. Central Michigan (2011)
Could be a huge factor for the Wildcat offense if he is ready to play ... Hopes to return in the spring after sitting out most of the time since midseason 2011 ... Sustained a knee injury in Oct. 2011 ... Tried to return last August but needed to continue rehabilitation ... Showed a fine combination of speed, strength and moves as a true freshman ... Was leading the team in rushing when he was sidelined.
2012 (Sophomore): Redshirted while rehabilitating his knee injury.
2011 (Freshman): Played in the first six games, starting three, before incurring a season-ending injury at South Carolina ... Was leading the team in rushing with 279 yards when he was sidelined ... Both of his touchdowns were game-winners ... Scored UK's first touchdown of the season, a 14-yard run that was the go-ahead score in the victory over WKU ... Top game was in the win over Central MIchigan, when he rushed 14 times for 126 yards ... Had an 87-yard touchdown run that broke a tie and put the Wildcats ahead for good ... The 87-yarder was the longest by a Wildcat since 1970, the fourth-longest in UK history, the longest ever by a UK freshman and the longest in Commonwealth Stadium history ... Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week for that performance ... Rushed for 69 yards at LSU, one of the nation's top defenses.
High School: State Offensive Player of the Year in Class AAAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Also first-team all-state in Class AAAA by both of those selectors ... Rushed for 2,003 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per carry, as a senior at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga. ... Set the single-season school rushing record with his 2,003-yard performance ... Team went 9-3 senior year, going to the second round of the state playoffs ... Also topped the 1,000-yard mark his junior season with 15 TDs ... Set the school career rushing record with 3,585 yards and 40 touchdowns ... Two-year member of the all-county team ... Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game as a senior ... Has been timed under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Coached by Amos McCreary ... "Josh runs low, can run around you or over you," McCreary said. "He's a great kid and a great student." ... Four-year member of the track team ... Competed in a unique combination of events, the shot put, 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay ... Finished fifth in the state in the shot put as a senior ... Member of the Future Business Leaders of America ... Honor-roll student.
Personal: Born in Athens, Ga. ... Son of Charlie and Wanda Clemons ... Charlie played in the National Football League for St. Louis, Houston and New Orleans ... Josh's cousin, Chris Clemons, has played for four NFL teams, currently for Seattle ... Another cousin, Nick Clemons, played football at the University of Georgia ... Major in kinesiology.
Community Cats: Participated with the Big Blue U Move-In (2011) ... Helped with an event for God's Pantry (2012).
Josh Says ... My nickname is: Stifler ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: physical therapist ... My hidden talent is: dunking ... Something people might not know about me is: I like to bowl ... I wear uniform No. 21 because: my mom wore it in sports and my brother does, too.