It's hard for anyone associated with the Kentucky football program not to think about what life would be like with Jeremy Jarmon still at defensive end for the Wildcats.
Jarmon will be at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night but only as a spectator and cheerleader.
Jarmon, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for his senior season after testing positive for a banned substance, is now a rookie defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins have an open date, and Jarmon decided to return to Lexington for the weekend. He arrived in town Thursday and said he's already heard plenty of fans, teammates and coaches say, "Boy, if we had you out there right now ... ."
Despite arriving to Washington late as a third-round pick in the NFL Supplement Draft, Jarmon has made seven tackles and forced a fumble as a rookie. Still, he admits wondering at times what might have been if he were still a Wildcat.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't have those thoughts," Jarmon said. "I miss being out here with the guys. I love my teammates, love my coaches, love this town and love this university. It'll be tough, but I'll have to live through my teammates when they get out there against Mississippi State."
Jarmon has seen time at defensive tackle and defensive end for the Redskins, who are laboring at 2-5 in the NFC East.
"With me coming in late, everything's been happening so fast," Jarmon said. "Now things are starting to slow down. I just tried to pick up everything as quickly as I could and put myself in position to contribute. I've got to give my coaches a lot of credit for getting me to that point so quickly."
UK recruit makes 59-yard FG
LaGrange (Ga.) place-kicker Joseph Mansour, who has committed to Kentucky, drilled a 59-yard field goal in his team's 38-0 win over Columbus last week, the third-longest in Georgia history.
The Grangers led 35-0 in the first half and had taken out the starters in the second half. Once LaGrange got in field-goal range and faced a fourth down, Coach Steve Pardue ordered his players to take a delay of game and intentionally false start to push the field goal back. Mansour drilled it with plenty of room to spare.
"I wish I would have had them do one more," Pardue said.
Beware of Banks
Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham became a household name after his hit on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow that forced Tebow out of the game with a concussion.
But Mississippi State true freshman Johnthan Banks might have one-upped Wyndham last week when he returned two Tebow interceptions for touchdowns, including one in the end zone that he took back 100 yards. Banks became the first Southeastern Conference player since 1968 and only the third all-time to return two passes for scores in the same game and is tied for the league lead in interceptions this season with four.
Lyons signing books
Former UK receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. will be signing copies of the book, True Blue, along with his father, Dicky Lyons Sr., and sister, Leslie Lyons, Saturday from 5-6 p.m. at the K-Men's House, located next to the Cat Walk.
The book chronicles the Wildcats careers of Lyons Sr. and Lyons Jr. and was penned by Leslie.
Big Blue Meter
Kentucky has a good chance of qualifying for bowl eligibility even if it loses to Mississippi State on Saturday night, but if the Wildcats want to put themselves in position to upgrade their bowl destination (possibly Chick-fil-A or Outback), they need to find a way to knock off the Bulldogs. It will be interesting to see the results of the "Blackout" that was announced earlier this week, for which fans are asked to dress in black for the Halloween night game.