By Michael Kinney
It was hard not to notice Nicholas Jarman. As the music blared from the overhead speakers, the Mustang defensive back burst into dance moves between plays Saturday at Bishop McGuinness.
For most of the day at the Shamrock 7 on 7 Shoot-Out, that was the only action Jarman saw. So it was easy to understand why the senior cornerback wanted to get a little work in.
But that wasn’t why Jarman was busting out the dance move. The main reason was to keep his teammates upbeat.
“It shows them that no matter if we’re getting beat, win or lose, we got to have fun either way,” Jarman said. “We’re out here to get better in 7-on-7. We just can’t hang our heads down. We got to keep them up. Basically, just keep it going.”
As Jarman prepares for his last season at MHS, he wants to be the type of leader that his teammates can look to during good and bad times. Whether it’s during a 7 on 7 tournament in June or in the 4th quarter against Yukon, he wants to be there for his team.
“I want to see myself step up in a different way than everybody’s been seeing someone step up,” Jarman said. “I want to become a different type of leader. I want to lead the way and show everybody that no matter how big or what size you are, you can play anywhere you want really. Honestly, putting effort into everything I do. Holding everybody accountable for their position, telling them if they make a bad play just get up and get the next one going really.”
Jarman missed all of last season due to an injury. Coach Jeremy Dombeck says he will make a good addition to the secondary when the regular season starts.
“He played as a sophomore for us a little bit but he hurt his collarbone and shoulder so he really didn’t get to play that much,” Dombeck said. “Didn’t play last year as a junior so we’re glad to have him out. He’s getting better and better each and every rep he takes.”
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Jarman has the size and speed to be effective in the Mustang secondary or close to the line of scrimmage.
“Just his athleticism, physicality,” Dombeck said. “Even if he does make a mistake, he’s got the athleticism to make up for it if he has a little wrong technique here or steps inside when he should be stepping outside or whatever the case may be. If a guy gets behind him, he’s got the ability and the skill level to catch up and he’s physical so doesn’t let receivers off the line of scrimmage. He’s always challenging them so like what I’ve seen from him.”
Having to sit out his junior year allowed Jarman to realize how much he likes the game of football.
“It wasn’t me. Getting out here being able to just have fun with your buddies, just being physical, it’s something you got to take advantage of really,” Jarman said. “It just wasn’t the same. Watch my body get out shape and it just… Mustang’s got a good program about everything so we just had to come out here and do our thing.”