Eric Idle once said, “Some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse. When you’re chewing on life’s gristle. Don’t grumble, give a whistle. And this’ll help things turn out for the best. And always look on the bright side of life. Always look on the light side of life.”
So, let’s take that advice and look on the bright side of Kentucky’s loss to Missouri yesterday. It won’t be easy, but I think there is something we can be proud of. I think.
Kentucky freshman cornerback J.D. Harmon was named Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for gettin’ nasty in the UK secondary against Missouri. The walk-on from Paducah picked off consecutive passes to start the second half, making him the first Kentucky defensive back to intercept two passes in one game since Winston Guy in the 2011 season opener. Harmon also made seven tackles, two of which were run stops for no gain.
What makes Harmon’s big game even more impressive is that he is still settling into the cornerback position. Like many guys in Kentucky’s secondary, injuries forced Harmon into action as a true freshman, but he wasn’t even practicing with the defense until early August. The former Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado walked on as a wide receiver and then switched to cornerback when Marcus Caffey was declared ineligible. Harmon doesn’t even have a biography in the 2012 UK Football media guide.
So, while you’re chewing on the gristle, try to give a whistle to J.D. Harmon for his breakout game. The future could be bright for the young man who was never expected to play. And oh yeah, he was his high school’s Homecoming King. Is there anything he can’t do