Last night another former Wildcat returned home. The university announced that Troy Offensive Line Coach John Schlarman was hired in the same capacity at UK. He has experience working with new Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown and expected RBs Coach Chad Scott while they were all coaching the Trojans together.
John Schlarman was a four-year starter for Kentucky in the 90’s and was All-SEC as a senior. Following his playing career he started coaching with Bourbon County HS then came back to Kentucky as a graduate assistant. After the Brooks regime came in Schlarman went back o the high school ranks as a head coach. He ran the programs for Campbell County and Newport HS until getting hired into his position with Troy. In 2010 he was promoted to Running Game Coordinator.
Schlarman helped the Trojans to one of the nation’s top passing attacks this past season. Despite having over 500 passing attempts, his line only gave up 15 sacks. They also cleared the way for a 1000-yard rusher in Shawn Southward. They ranked 13th nationally in total offense. In his time at Troy Schlarman has coached 8 All-Sunbelt selections. He was one former player in the NFL currently.
Schlarman will have 3 returning starters to work with in 2013. Zach West, Darrian Miller and Kevin Mitchell are unlikely to lose their jobs. The guard position vacated by Larry Warford will likely go to Jordan Watson or Teven Eatmon-Nared. Center is another story. Currently the only centers on the roster are freshman Zach Myers and walk-on Max Godby. Most who follow the program believe that UK will go to the junior college ranks to find someone who can play right away and to mentor Myers. One would expect Schlarman to be involved in the process there.