As Logan Stenberg prepares to embark for the NFL Draft, he’s grateful for his time at Kentucky. The All-SEC offensive guard considers himself lucky to have played for John Schlarman and Mark Stoops.
Recruited out of high school by Schlarman, Kentucky’s offensive line coach was one of many around the program that knew early on that Stenberg could be something special. A three-year starter that paved the way for 1,000-yard rushers in each season, Stenberg fulfilled that prophecy. While whipping Stenberg’s butt into shape, Schlarman was diagnosed with cancer ahead of the 2018 season. Stenberg did not see his coach miss a beat.
“It’s ridiculous,” Stenberg told Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio. “Going through the season you kind of forget that your offensive line coach has cancer. He’s battling. He’s going through chemo. Then you get that one day where he’s coming back from treatment, he’s talking about it, but other than that you would not tell at all. He was there every day — every practice, didn’t miss a practice. A high-energy guy, he stayed high-energy. It was incredible honestly to see him fight through that and continue to fight.”
A selfless coach from day one, Schlarman’s attitude never changed. It commanded respect from his players and served as inspiration.
“He’s just the guy you can count on for anything. If I was struggling and needed the shirt off his back, he’d give it to me. No matter what he’s going through, he’s going to do whatever in his power to help you. I mean, he’s one those guys that cares about you more than himself. You gotta respect that.”
Reflecting on his time at Kentucky, he’s happy he made the choice to play for Schlarman and Mark Stoops at the University of Kentucky.
“He’s a players’ coach,” Stenberg said of Stoops. “He’s the type of coach that wants his players to be comfortable, and they wanna go out there and play hard and play together. He’s one of those coaches that you want to play for. He’s hard on you when you need to be taught a lesson but then he loves you up at the same time. He’s been a great coach to play for. I wouldn’t change anything about it.”