After exploring the possibility of entering the NFL Draft, Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon announced Monday that he will be back for his senior season in 2009.
Jarmon has helped UK to winning seasons and bowl victories in each of his three years, including a 25-19 triumph over East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2.
"After the bowl game, I stayed home (in Collierville, Tenn., near Memphis) and talked to my parents, who thought strongly that the best thing for me was to stay and finish my education," said Jarmon, who is nearing his degree in political science.
"I talked to Coach (Rich) Brooks and my high school coach, Tim Haney, and got some good advice from them. They felt I have more upside as a player and can get bigger and stronger."
Jarmon said his NFL evaluation indicated that he was projected as a fourth- or fifth-round pick this year, with the possibility of moving up during pre-draft workouts.
Jarmon was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2008 by Phil Steele's College Football magazine. He made 38 tackles, including 10 for loss, and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He ranked second on the team in pass breakups from his defensive end position by knocking down six passes. He also caused two fumbles.
Jarmon was a first-team All-SEC choice in 2007 by Rivals.com and a second-team All-SEC pick by league coaches. He ranks third in school history with 17.5 sacks. The UK record is 26 by Oliver Barnett.
"It's exciting to get Jeremy back," Brooks said. "It's great to have an experienced leader back to help our young players improve. Much like (linebacker) Micah Johnson, he has first- or second-round draft potential."
Kentucky is awaiting an announcement from another junior Wildcat, Trevard Lindley, on his NFL Draft intentions. The All-America and All-SEC cornerback is in the process of making his decision. The deadline for declaring for the draft is Thursday.
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