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WVU’s Hudson Clement Goes From Walk-On to One of the Top WRs in Big 12

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WVU Football WR Hudson Clement

Not that long ago, Hudson Clement was an unknown player fighting for a scholarship, but he’s now being regarded as one of the best in the conference.

Much the same way they showed a few of his WVU teammates love, PFF ranked Clement as one of the highest graded returning wide receivers in the Big 12. Clement comes in at No. 6 on their list with a grade of 78.3.

Clement’s emergence was one of the most surprising stories during the 2023 season, earning a scholarship after a breakout performance against Duquesne and then establishing himself as one of Garrett Greene’s most trusted targets.

Nothing may top 2023 as far as a memorable season, but Neal Brown believes Hudson Clement hasn’t come close to reaching his full potential. Brown even went as far as saying no skilled player has had a better offseason than Hudson Clement.

Of course, Brown is talking about Clement getting his body in exceptional shape and being physically at a completely different level from where he was one year ago. Brown’s comments about Clement’s physique will only further intensify the expectations for him in 2024.

WVU HC Neal Brown Praises WR Hudson Clement, Sets High Expectations for 2024

In fact, the former walk-on was ranked as one of the highest graded freshman wide receivers from 2023 by PFF at the end of January. The Martinsburg, W.Va native was awarded a grade of 78.3, putting just over Kansas State’s Jayce Brown for the top spot out of the Big 12.

Clement finished the season with 22 catches for 480 yards and four touchdowns. He earned a scholarship for his work in West Virginia’s second game of the season, exploding for 177 yards and three scores against Duquesne. Clement also made five receptions for 89 yards in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory over North Carolina.

In addition to being ranked as one of the best freshman at his position, PFF also made Clement their highest graded freshman wide receiver against press coverage.

With several more years of eligibility remaining and now a place on the West Virginia roster secured, there’s no telling what type of season Clement could have in 2024 as an encore, although it will be tough to beat 2023 in terms of a storybook tale fans will remember for years to come.

For related stories, PFF is also high on Garrett Greene and views Jahiem White among the top returning Big 12 running backs.

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