From the every first time of getting familiar with Jeremy Jarmon, he was cast in an untenable situation. That being, playing in a Kentucky/Tennessee All-Star game in which, he was a Kentucky recruit and playing for the Tennessee All-Stars. Jarmon said he was given a hard time all that week leading up to the game. Then, losing the game to Kentucky, despite an all-star performance by himself.
It was obvious right from the start he was going to be a tremendous asset for the Wildcats on the football field. He set up residence in Kentucky's backfield all night long and no one could stop him.
The unknown were the tough times ahead. That week of the All-Star practice, he injured his shoulder and the difficulty persisted and subsequently had to undergo surgery upon arrival at Kentucky. Though he came to UK at a time when freshmen of his caliber were sure to play right away. But he had to opt for a red-shirt year. Then at Christmas of the same year, while at home working out at a local gym in Memphis, Jarmon tore an ACL ligament in his knee. He worked extremely hard to rehab his knee and prepare himself for the next season.
Now after helping to turn around the UK program and to help them to three-bowl wins. That, coupled with outstanding individual accomplishments, Jarmon tested the NFL water's but subsequently pull his name out of he draft and returned to the Cats to, in his words, "do something special."
Again adversity struck and he had his senior season thwarted by failing a random NCAA drug test revealing a banned substance. It was a careless mistake on the part of Jarmon. Though it has never been officially revealed what the over the counter dietary supplement was.
"I knew from the start it wasn't anything big because he is not that type of person," said former teammate David Jones, who is trying out for the Baltimore Ravens. "I felt bad for him and the team. He and I played in the Kentucky/Tennessee All-Star game together.We came to UK the same year." How big is the loss going to be for Kentucky? Jones said – "You are not going to find another Jeremy Jarmon, not right off the bat. He did a lot in the community, also."
Jarmon will enter the Supplemental draft, which is held on July 16th. Jarmon's suspension prompted an outpouring of sentiment. This writer is around what I call sanctimonious graybeard's everyday, which scrutinize hard on the travails of athletes and I am yet to hear anything but positive things about the Jarmon debacle. Most of their frustrations are directed towards the NCAA.
"The next person that is caught is going to look awful stupid after what has happened to Jarmon," said Ashton Cobb, who is a strong-safety presently on Kentucky's team. Cobb was hurt by the loss of his teammate on the defensive side of the ball.
Jarmon already has his degree in Political Science and is seeking another in theatre. He was schedule to go to France this summer to work on his theatre degree. Given Jarmon's ability to fight through adversity and his penchant toward doing things the hard way, he is a sure bet to succeed in life.