LEXINGTON - Kentucky will have another key defensive player back next year when it tries to earn a fourth straight bowl bid.
Junior defensive end Jeremy Jarmon announced Monday that he was following advice from his parents and high school coach and coming back to UK after being projected as a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick in the NFL draft.
Jarmon had 38 tackles, including 10 for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks, in 12 games last season. He also broke up six passes and caused two fumbles.
He now ranks third in school history with 17.5 quarterback sacks.
"It's exciting to get Jeremy back," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. "It's great to have an experienced leader back to help our young players improve. Much like (linebacker) Micah Johnson, he has first- or second-round draft potential. Jeremy can really improve his game in the coming year, and with he and Micah coming back, we can be more competitive in the SEC."