Jernotius Stallings, ever heard of him? Probably not.
You know Kentucky’s senior offensive guard by the name of Bunchy. How did Jervontius earn that nickname? His position coach isn’t quite sure.
“You’ll have to ask him,” John Schlarman said. “How or what it represents, I’m not really sure. I can only imagine with Bunchy. I think it’s a fitting name for sure. It really sticks.”
The 6’3″ 315-pound mean mauler from Mississippi has gone by the name Bunchy for quite some time.
“Bunchy actually comes from my babysitter’s husband from when I was growing up,” said Bunchy. “He just came up with the name and it stuck ever since.”
“I guess I looked like a bunch of something, I don’t know. He said it and it stuck. That’s how most nicknames come around down there in Mississippi. People say it once and if it sticks, it sticks.”
That whole bunch of something now has a whole bunch of awards. Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week two times already, he still doesn’t think he’s played his best and most consistent football.
“There’s still a lot of work I know personally I need to fix. I just wanna keep working on those things and keep pounding.”
His position coach would always agree that there’s more work to be done, but he’s proud of what Bunchy has already accomplished this season after a rough junior year.
“Bunchy went through a lot last year. Obviously, personally with his family. Then on the field, starting at center and ending up at guard, shifting around a little bit. His junior year might not have been the year he wanted. He could’ve played a little bit better. But this year, you see the real Bunchy.”