Wisconsin running back Corey Clement is using a disappointing 2015 to motivate himself for 2016.
Battling a sports hernia injury, Clement rushed for only 221 yards his junior year after picking up 1,496 total yards his first two seasons. He also instigated a fight.
But, as reported by ESPN’s Jesse Temple, Clement has high expectations for his senior year. In fact, he thinks he should be mentioned as one of the best running backs in the country along with LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and others.
Here’s what Clement said in Temple’s story:
“This is my season to make up and say, ‘I haven’t left yet. You made a big mistake trying to drop my name out of the running.’ It’s another motivation just to kick into another gear and just go off the first game. I’ve got to think about the first game — the first game only. Me against Fournette. So, bring on the show.”
As Temple wrote, Clement wanted to follow Melvin Gordon’s huge 2014 season by rushing for more than 2,000 yards, just like Gordon.
Clement will get his chance to shine on the same field as Fournette, who’s considered one of the leading Heisman contenders, when LSU and Wisconsin play at Lambeau Field at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.