Like a thoroughbred has a long stride, Clemons has a giant wingspan: 6 feet, 11 inches, according to coach Jeremy West.
In a game last season, the defensive end recognized a slant play call and broke it up.
“He just stuck his paw up in the air and snatched it,” a chuckling West said.
This season, Clemons has put on more than 15 pounds and is more prepare. Last summer, he moved from New Jersey and spent his sophomore year getting acclimated to his new home.
It didn’t take long for Clemons to make an impression, and the thrives on exciting fans.
“I like getting the crowd into it,” Clemons said. “When you get a sack or a tackle for loss, the crowd gets into it with you.”
With Clemons’ skills, the Thoroughbreds are going to ride Clemons as far as he can take them. This season, that includes using him at receiver, where he’s sure to tower over some mismatched defenders.
“He’s got huge upside to him,” West said. “His motor never stops. He just makes plays all over the field. He doesn’t stop.”