DEMAREE: Jeremy Jarman fraternizing with the enemy

The Tennessee All-Star and University of Kentucky signee Jeremy Jarman 6-foot-4 260-pounds was fraternizing with the enemy all night on the Papa John Stadium field on Friday night. You see there was a summer football classic taking place under the lights. There was slobber-knocking, grunts and groans that to a football aficionado was sweet music to the ear.

Kentucky continued their string of dominance with a 41-27 victory over Tennessee, the all-stars fourth consecutive victory over the neighbors to the south. The youngsters from Tennessee had been talking a lot of smack about how the streak was coming to an end. Running back and Tennessee signee Lamarcus Coker had joking said he was going to score about seven touchdowns on Kentucky in the game.

Jarman, being from Memphis, Tennessee, his fraternization with the orange came to an end as of approximately 9:40 Friday night. Though wearing the orange, Jarman was in a Bluegrass state mind because from an angle, much like Bluegrass you could see that bluish tint coming off his uniform. He reports to UK for student orientation on Sunday and for class on Monday.

About coming to UK "I feel great," Jarman said. "The main thing is, I was born in Kentucky and since day one, I've been a UK fan and I knew there was no other school I wanted to be except for here." Jarman was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and has relatives in Lexington, Richmond, Louisville, Berea, and up in Ohio. He had been in Memphis since he was around four-years old. "I'm going to be surrounded with a lot of supporters."

The youngster made his presence felt throughout the game. Of the three sacks Curtis Pulley suffered, Jarman got one and was reeking havoc in Kentucky's backfield most of the first half. Kentucky's offensive linemen could not handle him. Though being only seventeen and not turning eighteen until November, he played like a man though not classified as such. He was constantly beating Michigan signee Cory Zirbel off the corner and at halftime Kentucky made an adjustment and started double teaming Jarman.

"I went around Zirbel a couple of times," he said, "and I put him on his back. After putting him on his back. I'd either get tripped by him or get bumped by a back in the backfield or they started cutting me in the second half, which really upset me that the refs weren't calling it. But that how it goes when you are making a lot of things happen in the backfield."

Jarman's high school coach said: "Because he's only 17, his best success is ahead of him if he continues to work hard. He has great quickness for his size."

Given the depth shortage at the defensive end position, I'm sure the UK coaches will welcome him with open arms. He will join a lot of youthful but talented players at that position.

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