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Ex-Cat Josh Clemons scores three TDs in Jacksonville State’s victory

Running back Josh Clemons ran the ball during Kentucky’s 2014 Blue-White Game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on April 26, 2014.
Running back Josh Clemons ran the ball during Kentucky’s 2014 Blue-White Game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on April 26, 2014. Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky running back Josh Clemons ran for 110 yards, including three touchdowns in the first half, in Jacksonville State’s 40-21 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday in Jacksonville, Ala.

Clemons’ first score covered seven yards and gave the Gamecocks a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter. He followed that up with another TD, a 26-yarder, with 22 seconds left to go in the period.

Jacksonville State took a 33-7 lead into halftime shortly after Clemons scored on a 9-yard run with 54 seconds to go in the second quarter.

“Josh Clemons did great,” Coach John Grass said. “Josh has always been a really good football player. He’s been banged up for the last two years, so it’s good to see him healthy again and running the football. He’s a powerful runner when he’s able to get in the inside. He’s got speed and all the tools. If he stays healthy, he can put up these kinds of numbers all season.”

Clemons came into the game with 74 carries for 309 yards and two TDs for the Gamecocks.

“It just felt good to be out there and help the team in any way I could,” he said.

He ran for 405 yards and four touchdowns for Jacksonville State last season.

Clemons had 65 carries for 279 yards, including two touchdowns, in his first season on the field at Kentucky in 2011. But a knee injury ended his freshman season after just five games.

He missed all of the 2012 season, and he tore his Achilles tendon during a summer workout before the 2013 season.

He had nine carries for 30 yards and no TDs in seven games for the Cats in 2014.

Next up for Jacksonville State is a home game next Saturday against Austin Peay. Then the Gamecocks will travel to Richmond to face Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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