Running back Clemons out for year


UK tailback Josh Clemons celebrates his touchdown during the first half of UK’s season opener against Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Monday, Sept. 1, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Brandon Goodwin

UK freshman running back Josh Clemons underwent knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus, causing him to miss the remainder of the season, according to a UK Athletics release.

Through six weeks, Clemons has led UK in rushing with 65 carries for 279 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per carry, along with two touchdowns.

For an offense already struggling to move the football, the injury will provide more opportunities to running backs Jonathan George and CoShik Williams, as well as sophomore running back Raymond Sanders who is recovering from an injury of his own sustained in week one.

Both of Clemons’ touchdowns represented game-winning scores in the Cats’ two victories to open the season against Western Kentucky and Central Michigan. His 87-yard touchdown scamper against Central Michigan was the longest touchdown run by a UK freshman in the program’s history.