The Freshman Fifteen - Corey Clement

One of the highest ranked players in the 2013 class, running back Corey Clement hasn't wasted time in making an impact, starting his freshman year with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and three total touchdowns. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman tailback a little better in the return of our popular feature.

MADISON - Corey Clement wasted no time in showing Wisconsin fans that the best is yet to come.

A Semper Fidelis All-American who finished his high school career with 6,245 rushing yards, 34 rushing touchdowns and 90 total TDs, Clement made his Badgers debut in the second half against UMass in the season opener, and promptly ran for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 45-0 blowout.

"I was just waiting for my number to be called," he said. "At halftime I knew it was a blowout, so I thought I would get in sooner or later. I was excited to get a couple touches and once my number was called, I just tried to make the best out of the opportunity that was handed to me."

And unlike most freshmen, Clement hasn't been eased into the role. The primary ball carrier in the second half in the first two weeks of the season, Clement carried the ball 16 times in his debut and 13 times against Tennessee Tech, running for 149 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard run that was the longest of his young career against the Golden Eagles.

"You don't want to say you want less carries, so I am happy that I got the amount of carries that I did," said Clement, who had just two carries against Arizona State last Saturday. "As I approached the end zone, I just wanted to thank my linemen because without them I wouldn't have reached the end zone. I had to thank head coach Gary Andersen, too.

"Hopefully there are many more (touchdowns) to come. It's all about progressing (in) your craft and doing what you have to do in practice."

Returning for a fourth season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Clement: Time management. That's one of the biggest factors here. When I was in high school, you went to school and when football season was over you would just go home. You would work out on your own. Here in college they have everything planned out for you. It's all about following the plan, school work and making time for yourself to get your mind together so you aren't stressed out.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Clement: The tempo in practice. In high school, practices weren't as intense because coaches really didn't tell you what to do unless you messed up on something. It's been a great transition here just helping me become a better player. Making the tempo a little bit higher is all good for my strength.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Clement: I had to lose weight and put the right weight back on with the correct muscle. It's about taking the correct protein and everything. Nothing had really changed too dramatically. I just want to keep working on my speed and power in my legs. I want to stay healthy and stretched out and contribute to the season.

What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?

Clement: My biggest strengths is having power in my legs. I don't want to have one guy take me down. I've got to keep working on staying low, keeping my pads low and just driving. The weaknesses that I do need to work on are having my breakaway speed and keep progressing. I don't want to be an average running back that just has power.

How is Madison different than your home town of Glassboro, N.J.? What's the biggest difference?

Clement: In Glassboro, you can kind of see through the city a bit (laughing). Here there are a lot of big buildings that you can't really see through everything. Glassboro is kind of suburban area with developments and homes and the shopping center that's kind of close by. I don't even know where the mall is at here to be honest. There's really not too much of a difference. I actually like it out here. It's kind of a great thing to adapt to and have fun in college.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Clement: I am not sure yet. I am taking a bunch of different things so hopefully something sparks my interest.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Clement: Um … I like State Street. State Street has some of my favorite shops and it's really the place to be. When we just want to head downtown and find things, State Street is the place to go.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Clement: Regent Street. I don't like Regent Street because there's nothing there besides the McDonalds. I also didn't like the apartments we stayed at over the summer.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Clement: I just like taking my iPad and going through film of every practice. I like looking over my notes that I need to stay refreshed on because as I come out to practice, I still need to know everything that I see the night before. If you come out here blank, you are going to get in a lot of trouble. I just like to stay updated on every play and every snap.

Who are you living with this fall? How are those relationships?

Clement: I am living downtown on the second floor with Alec James. It's really cool because all the athletes are together, so it's really nice to know everybody, whether they play soccer or whatever the sport.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about Alec?

Clement: We really are like the same person, which is the weirdest thing. He snores a lot, which is probably the weirdest thing, but I probably snore, too (laughter).

Who was your big brother and was the biggest thing you learned from him?

Clement: My big brother was James White. I learned how to practice, and I am still working on that. He's been here for four years and I am pretty sure he knows what he's doing. I am just learning after him. That's what a younger brother is supposed to do, watch the older brother and figure out how to become a better player.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Clement: It's probably my friends back home, especially after seeing my first game. That saw that I have what it takes and that they don't want me to give up on my dream. They all have been talking about making it to the next level and that I shouldn't stop now because I am almost there … after another three or four years. I just can't give up because you don't want to regret looking back one day saying you were lazy and didn't take advantage of everything.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Clement: They actually love it, especially since they were able to come out for the first game and saw me score my first touchdown. They are happy that I am actually following my dream compared and not being one of those kids who did nothing. They are happy they are seeing me work at something.

What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?

Clement: It all started at the tunnel. The smoke got me. It was like heaven. I almost teared up a bit, but it was one of the greatest moments here at Wisconsin, especially when Jump Around came on. I am usually in the stands but I was on the field and seeing the teammates jump around (I couldn't jump around because I was still in the game), was great. I just love the tradition here.


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