Kentucky honored offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died this week after a long battle with cancer, who was lining up without a left guard and delayed a game penalty on Saturday before playing against Screamz against Vanderbilt Hui.
Vanderbilt reduced the penalty.
Kentucky senior Leyton Young later wore Schlarman’s No. 65 jersey in the next game.
Shullerman was a four-year starter at Kentucky from 1994 to ’97, earning All-SEC honors as a senior before going into coaching.
He was a coach at Troy before returning to Kentucky in 2013 as part of head coach Mark Stoops’ first staff. Schlarman’s offensive lines were the best in the nickname “The Big Blue Wall”. In 2016 and 2019, he was awarded to the nation’s top offensive line who was a semifinalist for the Moore Award.
Schlarman was diagnosed with collageniocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts, more than two years ago. He rarely missed a practice, stopping back and forth from Lexington to receive treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Recently the cancer had spread to his liver, lungs and peritoneal cavity.
Schlarman, who died on Thursday at the age of 45, was dear to the players and coaches for his kindness, determination and optimistic optimism. Stoops said his nickname was “The Great American” because he was well-liked.
Fellow assistant coach Vince Marrow said he never met anyone as Schlarman, calling him his hero.
“I am distraught to learn of the death of my friend John Schlarman,” Stopes said in a statement. “My prayers go out to Lina and the children, Joseph, Benjamin, Matthew and Evelyn, through this very difficult time.
“John was everything we strive for to be honest, strict, fair, respected. Kentucky football wouldn’t be the same without him but his legacy would never be lost. He was a fighter and we honor our warrior every day Will try. Soul. “
Drake Jackson, an incisive offensive lineman, told ESPN in March that Schlarman was – and remains – the funniest person in the building.
“He has a charisma and a work ethic, which all coaches strive for,” Jackson said. “He’s just a complete person. It’s not fake. It’s not artificial.”