Toney Clemons: Colorado Buffaloes Stud Is the Next Great Big 12 Receiver

Jeremy Lookabaugh Correspondent ISeptember 4, 2010

Toney Clemons a Big 12 Star

The Colorado Buffaloes picked up wide receiver Toney Clemons, a tremendous player with great play making ability, when he decided to transfer from Michigan.

Clemons had to sit out last season, due to NCAA transferring rules. He left Michigan after his sophomore season, because he didn't like the way the Wolverines' staff used him offensively.

"It just wasn't a good fit for me depth-chart-wise, system-wise," Clemons said. "I didn't feel like I was getting utilized the way I wanted to. I didn't feel like they used my talent, my fast speed and route running to stretch the field."

"I just had to go somewhere where I feel my talent would be utilized and somewhere I feel I have a chance to come in and be a factor. I feel Colorado is a system that will allow me to do that offensively."


High-School Stats

Clemons earned four-star status and was ranked as the No. 10 wide receiver in the country by Additionally, tabbed him as a four-star prospect, the No. 12 receiver in the nation, and the No. 3 player in the state of Pennsylvania where he played at Valley High School.

In his career, he had 100 receptions for 1,541 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Clemons also returned seven kicks, five punts, and two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career. As a senior, he was one of five finalists for the Gatorade Player of the Year Award as the best football player in the state of Pennsylvania.

He was a highly recruited receiver out of high school. The teams that offered Clemons a scholarship included: Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, just to name a few.

Clemons ended up choosing the Michigan Wolverines, but quickly grew disinterested with the program after Lloyd Carr retired and Rich Rodriguez took over.

He caught 12 passes for 106 yards in his career. The spread offense just did not give Clemons enough opportunities to showcase his talent.


A New Start at Colorado

Colorado still gave Clemons a scholarship after he left Michigan.

He chose the Buffaloes over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Clemons has made an immediate impact on offense. The Big 12 media selected him as the conference's Offensive Newcomer of the Year. The Sporting News tabbed him as one of two wide receivers on its All-Spring Team, and was the publications No. 1 player who helped himself the most this spring.

Clemons is atop the depth chart the "Z" receiver position entering the fall and has really bolstered the wide receiver group at Colorado.


The Future Is Bright

Clemons has a bright future ahead of him. He is truly a dedicated, hard worker.

Clemons was clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can break a play open at any given time.

He is the cousin of current Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston, and Clemons has been working on his receiving routes with the former Michigan standout.

Clemons is also the prototypical NFL wide receiver. He is 6'3 and 210 pounds and is still growing.

He will get a shot to play football at the next level.