Jeremy Garrett

There's been an awful lot of talk about Jerrell Powe, who isn't even at Ole Miss yet, Brandon Jenkins and Hayward Howard, but few are recognizing one of the hardest-working, strongest players on the Ole Miss football team - Jeremy Garrett. Except Rebel Coach Ed Orgeron. Read about him inside.

Ole Miss' junior Defensive Tackle Jeremy Garrett, entering his fourth year on campus, must feel like the odd man out sometimes.

There's been a lot of talk about a lot of players, but Jeremy has been somewhat lost in the shuffle.

It doesn't bother him because he's respected among his peers and by his coaches.

"I'm just here to work hard and do what I can to earn a spot. I want to do the best I can for the team. If that is not recognized, I don't care. I'm not here for the fame, so to speak," said Garrett. "I don't have a chip on my shoulder about not getting any recognition. That doesn't mean anything to me."

J.G. is one of the strongest players on the team. He is also known for his work ethic, but it seems he's easy to discount by Rebel followers.

"It's probably because I'm shorter than what most people think is ideal for DT," he laughed. "I think that's an advantage. I can use leverage on taller offensive linemen by getting underneath their pads and moving them around."

Garrett, who is 6-1, 280 pounds, just goes about his business of trying to get better. Over the summer, Jeremy gained 25 pounds on each of the "big three" lifts - power clean, bench press and squat.

"I'm at a real good weight for me, I got a lot stronger in the summer and I can tell I'm faster because my body fat is down and I feel like I'm in good shape," he noted.

After the Rebs' first three practices, Coach Ed Orgeron noticed Garrett.

"Jeremy looks really good out there. He's our starting nose tackle right now and his summer iprovement is obvious," said Coach O. "He's making plays, he's quick, he's strong - he's just what we are looking for in a nose tackle."

J.G. takes it all in stride.

"I'm just part of the team. I'm just a guy who is going to bring my sack lunch and be there every minute of every day doing what I can to get better and help the team. If someone beats me out, they better bring their lunch too," he smiled.

Garrett sees good things happening with the team.

"It took us some time to get used to how Coach O wants to do things, but now we've got it and we are all growing closer and closer as a team," he explained. "We feel the glue, the bond. All the freshmen fit in here too. It's a good situation, one we think we can build on."

Being a team guy, Garrett feels the future is bright at Ole Miss.

"We're all very motivated to do the job in front of us, both now and in the future. When you feel that kind of attitude growing, you can't help but be optimistic," he closed.

When the lights come on, don't be surprised to see #54 in the middle to things. He's Coach O's kind of player.

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