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Drake Jackson wearing No. 65 in honor of John Schlarman

Today, two players will wear different jersey numbers in honor of their fellow Wildcats.

UK just announced that Drake Jackson will wear the No. 65 in honor of offensive line coach John Schlarman, who wore the number during his playing days at Kentucky (1994-97). Schlarman has been battling stage four cancer since 2018 and missed the trip to Missouri last week.

“Found out a little later in the week that Coach Schlarman wasn’t going to make the trip with us,” Jackson said after Kentucky’s loss in Columbia. “We have faith that he’s coached us up well enough to handle it, with the resources we have with Coach Finck, Coach Gran, other coaches. … I believe we were able to make some adjustments at halftime that gave us a little bit of a spark there in the second half. We would’ve liked to get there earlier, but we continue to pray for Coach Schlarman, and we know he’s still fighting.”

This week, Luke Fortner told reporters that Jackson has acted as a sort of player-coach, collaborating with Eddie Gran and graduate assistants to make sure the Big Blue Wall is ready to play today.

“It’s kind of funny to see all that he knows because he’d keep his mouth shut when Coach Schlarman was talking. Now he’s telling you everything. ‘Wait a minute, I thought that’s what Schlarman would say?’ You can tell that he’s worked really hard to get to the point where he’s at. He understands things your average starter doesn’t. He’s a smart guy and works his butt off,” said Fortner.

Meanwhile, defensive end Josh Paschal will wear the No. 22 in honor of Chris Oats, who is out this season due to a serious medical condition.

Schlarman and Oats strong.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Drake Jackson wearing No. 65 in honor of John Schlarman

  1. UKinIN
    11:43 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

    I’d actually thought about this but wondered if it would diminish from what the team was doing to honor Oats.

  2. KYCat4EVER
    12:20 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Are you sure 65 is not the amount of points we lose by today?

    Oh… wait… 65 could be the amount of running plays Eddie Grann calls today…

    Fire this head coach and bring in somebody who can take us to the next level!

    God Bless you Coach Schlarman!


    • CMC
      1:42 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      WOW!!Fire the coach who is the second winningest coach ever here??? 1st is Bear freakin Bryant!!! Does this seem odd?!?!?!

  3. johngalt
    3:23 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Love Schalrman – but stop using using his name as an excuse to lose