Throughout the season, the Kentucky Wildcats have had different players wearing Chris Oats’ No. 22 jersey. Against the Georgia Bulldogs, Josh Paschal was the one in Oats’ No. 22.
On Saturday, another jersey was added to the field, as starting center Drake Jackson was wearing No. 65 in honor of offensive line coach John Schlarman. Schlarman wore the No. 65 when he played at Kentucky from 1994-97 and has been battling Stage IV cancer since 2018 and missed the trip to Missouri last week.
After the game against Missouri, Jackson commented on the situation.
“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, and other coaches.
Jackson added, “We continue to pray for Coach Schlarman, and we know he’s still fighting.”
Schlarman also missed today’s game, a 14-3 loss to Georgia as Kentucky now hits the bye week.
Classy move by Kentucky starting center Drake Jackson who normally wears 52. He will be wearing 65 today to honor his position coach & former Wildcat OL John Schlarman who will not be in attendance. pic.twitter.com/ubNFSUwgDs— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 31, 2020
All of BBN needs to continue to keep both Chris Oats and John Schlarman in their thoughts and prayers as they both battle serious medical conditions.
Here's a shot of John Schlarman helping hoist the Governor's Cup trophy in 1997.— Josh Moore (@JoshMooreHL) October 31, 2020
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