For as long as he can remember, Jacob Tamme has been a University of Kentucky fan.
Before his wedding in June, his mother showed some home video of Tamme and his younger brother, Seth. "I was 5 or 6 and he was 2 or 3 and we were fighting over who got to be the Wildcats," said Tamme. "It just shows how far back it does. I was a Cat fan from day one just like a lot of other kids that grow up around here. It was fun watching those videos. There was a picture on a little slide show that mom made me when I was probably 3 or 4 where I had on a little football helmet with my Wildcat jersey. It goes back that far for me."
Now Tamme is near the end of his Kentucky journey. He came to UK four years ago after a brilliant prep career at Boyle County High School in Danville, a town about 35 miles from Lexington. He has established himself as one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference and goes into the 2007 season as an all-Southeastern Conference selection.
"It is definitely a blessing to have the skilled players coming back that we do. We have probably as much potential as any Kentucky team has had with key players returning at the skilled positions," Tamme said.
I don't think anybody particularly cares about their numbers because we know there are other guys that can do things with the ball. Keenan doesn't care if Rafael gets 10 catches. If he is catching the ball out of the backfield, that's fine. I am a big believer that if Keenan has a game where he catches 12 balls and I catch 1, that is just as good for our offense as if I catch eight balls and he catches six.
"I never really have cared about my own personal numbers. It is great to get a chance to make all those catches and do things like that, but we have guys that really care about moving the ball and getting first downs. That is why we had success on offense last year. We had some big plays, but we also got more consistent moving the ball. We have an opportunity to do that again."
This is a short excerpt of an 8-page article/photo feature on senior Jacob Tamme, by Kentucky’s Sportswriter of the Year, Larry Vaught. In the full article, which will be sent to subscribers’ home mid August, Jacob talks about the passion he has had for Kentucky football in his career for the Wildcats.
To get the full article, subscribe to our magazine today. Also included in the magazine:
Larry Vaught interviews senior Keenan Burton and the Wildcats’ latest football acquisition, Randall Cobb
Steve John interviews new S&C coach Todd Forcier
Keith Taylor interviews Joker Phillips and Zipp Duncan
Rob Gidel talks about the Cats’ football schedule, among the toughest in the nation
…and Kenny “Sky” Walker takes us through his journey of losing one coach and breaking in another, something the Wildcats plays face today.
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