Jenkins: Jarmon's Loss Huge

Ventrell Jenkins won't downplay the hit Kentucky took when it lost defensive end Jeremy Jarmon because of a NCAA suspension.

The Cats had already lost Jenkins and Myron Pryor, last year's starting tackles, to graduation before Jarmon, considered the team's best defensive player by many, got suspended.

"It is going to be huge impact. He was not only a leader on the field, but he was a leader off the field," said Jenkins, who signed with Buffalo as a free agent. "His character and what brings on the field and his leadership on the team will be a huge loss.

"But just like Jeremy has to get on with his career, UK has got to get on without him. It will open more doors for other players. It will be more time for Corey Peters to shine and he can have his breakout year that we all know he can have. All things happen for a reason.

"Jarmon is good enough to make the NFL in the supplmental draft and now UK has to show it is good enough to win without him. That should motivate other guys."

Jenkins, who said he was "stunned" when he found out about Jarmon through a friend's e-mail, says there's no one player who can make up for the loss of Jarmon, Pryor and himself.

"They all have parts that make them great players and they will all get better. Them playing together and all doing what they can is how you make up for losing guys," he said.

"Collins Ukwu, Taylor Wyndham and Chandler Burden are all good and they have some talented rookies, too. They all have talent. It will be interesting to see, though, just how it all comes together."

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