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By LARRY VAUGHT
Sophomore Josh Clemons, UK’s leading rusher last year when he injured his knee midway of the season, likely will be redshirted — a decision that seems right for him and Kentucky.
“Josh is again week to week and not getting any better,” Phillips said earlier this week. “The further along we get, we will have to make a decision about whether to redshirt him.”
Phillips indicated Thursday that Clemons “likely” would be redshirted because of the knee failing to respond since he’s already missed four games and is not close to being ready to play again. All summer several sources close to the team predicted Clemons would not be able to play and four games into the season it seems clear he needs the redshirt year.
He said it is the “same” with sophomore safety Glen Faulkner, who injured an ankle in the preseason. Phillips said he will be out another two to three weeks.
“Is that enough time to get him ready and use up a year of eligibility,” Phillips said.
The answer obviously is no and Faulkner should be redshirted, too, because that’s best for him and the the program.
Clemons and Faulkner were two of the top players in UK’s 2011 recruiting class. Faulkner did not get cleared to play academically until just before preseason practice opened and then played sparingly last year.