TAYLOR: Jarmon part of something special

Jeremy Jarmon isn't looking ahead. He is having too much of a "blast" in college. Like any other collegiate football player, Jarmon wouldn't mind playing at the next level, but making a living playing a few snaps on Sunday isn't what's on his mind at this point and time. It's all about the here and now, simply living in the moment.

"I just want to be a good college football player," he said. "I want to help my team. I just want to help turn this program around, that's my goal."

Jarmon has been a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats on defense, alternating with Dominic Lewis at one of the two defensive end slots. Jarmon, a redshirt freshman, takes a blue-collar approach to the field and holds his own against opposing players in the trenches.

"I feel like I can stand my ground against other offensive linemen," he said.

He also likes being able to use his instincts at defensive end.

"I'm able to see the play develop," he said. "I feel like I can help my team from the defensive end spot."

Although Ole Miss and Memphis sought his services, Jarmon chose to attend Kentucky while a senior at Houston High in Germantown, Tenn., near Memphis.

It wasn't a difficult decision, either. Despite consistent pitches from the Rebels and Tigers, he stayed committed to Kentucky.

"I grew up a fan of Kentucky," he said. "I grew up near Fort Knox (Ky.) and I've always been a fan of the University of Kentucky. I knew since I was in first- or second-grade that I would end up here somehow."

When Jarmon was eight, his eyes became glued to the Big Blue.

"Every time a Kentucky basketball game or Kentucky football game was on television, I found myself watching it. I mean, I'm just happy to be here."

He's also glad to be playing football, too.

"I had no idea I would be an athlete at the University of Kentucky. I just knew that I wanted to be here," he said.

Jarmon got a taste of a big-time road trip and what life is like in the Southeastern Conference last weekend at Florida.

"It's difficult playing as a freshman, especially playing away at Florida – with everything going through your mind," he said. "I expected it to be physical going into it. It's what I expected."

Prior to the summer, Jarmon wasn't expecting much playing time. If anything Jarmon would have been happy being on special teams, but likes the idea of getting an early start on reaching his goals while at Kentucky.

"I've witnessed this program when it was going well and going to bowl games," he said. "I've seen the upsets and the close ones. … I mean it's heartbreaking.

"I just want to be on a team that does something special. That's what I want to be remembered for. I came to this team to help and turn around this program."


AllWildcats Top Stories