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UK's George Honors His High School Coach At Every Practice

Posted: Sep 20, 2012 11:26 AM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Sep 20, 2012 12:25 PM

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Surprise surprise. Jon-Jon, as he's called, a chiseled 223-pounder from Lincoln, Alabama has waited for what seems like forever for a chance. Until Kent State, he was an after thought. An injury gives him a chance. A 38-yard touchdown makes you notice.

Jonathan George was a state champ in high school in wrestling and track, plus scored 26 touchdowns as a senior. Then, against Western Kentucky with Raymond Sanders sacked because of a drug charge and CoShik Williams hurt again, Jonathan George gets more of an opportunity. He scored three touchdowns.

"In a sense it can be frustrating coming out everyday and working hard," said George. "I'm not really impatient like that. I work hard. And when you work hard like that, there is always something good that will come out of it."

When you talk to George, you notice he's wearing an old practice Jersey like many football players wear. But it's a special jersey. One that is near and dear to his heart. Keith Howard, Jon-Jon's high school coach, was a special man.

"I had it since my 12th grade year," said George. I actually had it in my apartment and he died my freshman year. So when I found out I said I would wear this in practice just to wear it to honor him."

George wants his effort to match the way his high school coach would want. And, after all this time, Jon-Jon still misses him. "I do," he said. " It was a real hard time to loose him we were all so close to him. He was like a father to everybody on the team. I went home for the funeral. They allowed me to go home and he was just a real good guy and I appreciate him a lot."

Topics: Jonathan George, Kentucky Football