Senior running back Corey Clement joins Vince Biegel and Ryan Ramczyk as our third player to watch for in 2016.
Clement was a four-star recruiting coming out of Glassboro High School in New Jersey. In his high school career, Clement rushed for 6,245 yards for 90 total touchdowns, 34 of them being rushing. He was selected first-team all-state, first-team All-South Jersey and first-team All-Group 1 as well as broke a New Jersey state record for rushing yards in one game with 479 rushing yards.
Clement gave an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin in 2012. Despite playing as the third-string running back and second-string running back in 2013 and 2014 respectively, Clement did see game time, playing in 12 games his freshman year and all 14 games his sophomore year. He was also named Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week on Sept. 9 and Nov. 18, 2013 and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3, 2014. In the 2015-2016 season, Clement was named the starting running back, yet due to injuries and a non-sports related issue, Clement only played in 4 games during the season.
In his collegiate career, Clement has rushed for 1717 yards for 21 touchdowns and tallied 17 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Clement is poised to have a stellar senior season with the Badgers. Clement entered spring practice injury-free, without disciplinary problems and with a new number. The prospective starting running back changed his number from 6 to 24 as a seemingly fresh start in his career.
Clement recently received recognition by being placed on the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is bestowed each year to the best player in all of college football as selected by a group of NCAA football head coaches, sportswriters and sports broadcasters and members of the Maxwell Football Club. Last Tuesday, Clement was one of 90 college football players placed on the Maxwell Award watch list despite having played in only a few games during the 2015-2016 season. He was also placed on the Doak Walker watch list, an award for the best collegiate running back.
With a healthy and solid offensive line coupled with a new starting quarterback in either Bart Houston or Alex Hornibrook, expect Clement to have plenty of opportunities to prove himself this year.