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Corey Clement

Sport: Football

Born: November 2, 1994

Town: Glassboro

Corey Joel Clement was born November 2, 1994 in Glassboro. Fast and powerful, with a low center of gravity, Corey excelled in track and football as a teenager. He made the Glassboro High Bulldogs varsity as a freshman and quickly became their best all-around player. As a junior in 2011, Corey set a South Jersey prep rushing record with 2,510 yards and scored 35 touchdowns as a runner, receiver, defensive back and on special teams. He had another sensational year as a senior and finished his high-school career with more than 6,000 rushing yards and 90 touchdowns. Corey was pursued by Rutgers, Florida State, Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, Pitt, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He originally committed to Pitt as a junior but changed his mind and accepted a scholarship to Wisconsin.

Corey’s prospects for playing time in 2013 looked dim. He was stuck behind a pair of 1,00-yard running backs, Melvin Gordon and James White. They combined for over 3,000 yards, leading Wisconsin to a 9–3 record and a trip to the Capital One Bowl, where the Badgers lost to South Carolina. Corey saw action in 8 games as a freshman for the Badgers but averaged 8.2 yards per carry and finished the season with 547 yards. He became the team’s second option in 2014 behind Gordon, who racked up 2,587 yards and was runner-up in the Heisman voting. Corey fell just short of 1,000 yards, with 949, Wisconsin finished the year 11–3, which included a 34–31 win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

Corey was ready to step into a featured role in the Badger offense in 2015, but he was slowed early on by a misdiagnosed sports injury. He ended up participating in just four games. He finally got his chance in 2016, starting all but one of the team 14 games on the way to a 1,375-yard, 15-touchdown season. Wisconsin went 11-–3, including a 24–16 over Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. Corey led all rushers in his final game with 71 yards and scored the opening touchdown in a game in which the Badgers never trailed.

At 5’11 220 lbs., Corey did not project as an impact back and went undrafted in 2017. He made the Eagles as a free agent. He saw action in all 16 games, finishing with 444 rushing and receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. The Eagles survived a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Carson Wentz and won the NFC title. They went on the beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, 41–33. Corey was a difference-maker as a receiver, catching 4 passes for 100 yards, including a 22-yard TD pass in the third quarter.

In 2018, Corey started the year as a back-up to Jay Ajayi. When Ajayi tore his ACL in early October, Corey competed for the starting job with Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams as the Eagle pondered a potential trade.

 

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