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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Kentucky's Brooks hurts for Jarmon

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

DESTIN, Fla. -- Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said he anticipates former defensive end Jeremy Jarmon applying for the NFL supplemental draft later this summer and putting off his trip to France to study abroad.

Jarmon was declared ineligible for his senior season by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance. Jarmon, in an effort to trim down and lose weight, said he took an over-the-counter dietary supplement that contained the banned substance.

Kentucky appealed the NCAA's decision, but that appeal was denied last week.

Brooks said he was hopeful that Jarmon would at least get back half of his senior season.

"But I think the NCAA just throws a blanket over all of it," Brooks said. 

While the Wildcats will no doubt miss Jarmon next season on the field, Brooks said what hurts the most is having it end this way for Jarmon, who's been a big part of the Wildcats' resurgence the past few years.

"It's always a blow when you lose a quality player, but it could have been a knee injury or any number of things," Brooks said. "I don't think that it's as big a blow for the program as it is to me personally, having the respect I do for Jeremy and caring about him as I do as an individual. What he has put into our program and how it ended, to me, is devastating.

"Would we be better with Jeremy at defensive end? Hell yeah, we would. But we will be OK, I think. We'll make it through this."

With Jarmon out of the equation, Brooks said there would be a huge opportunity in preseason camp for a pair of redshirt freshmen -- Collins Ukwu and Taylor Wyndham. Junior college newcomer DeQuin Evans and sophomore Chandler Burden will also factor into the mix. There's not a defensive end on the Wildcats' roster who's ever made a tackle in a college game.