Successfully made the transition from tackle to end during spring practice ... Liked the freedom of playing on the outside ... Two-year starter at defensive tackle who is playing end for the first time as a collegian ... One of only two seniors who are returning starters for this young defense ... Counted on for leadership ... Had his best season as a Wildcat in 2002 after struggling with a back injury as a sophomore ... Extremely strong player whose ability to drive blockers back helped him block two kicks last season ... Has played in 32 games, starting 23 ... Among the team, he is known for his impersonation of the movie character "Shrek" and will entertain his teammates occasionally with an imitation.
2002 (Junior): Started every game at defensive tackle ... Showed no traces of the back injury that slowed him down in 2001 ... Accounted for 39 tackles, including four for loss ... Also had a pair of quarterback sacks ... Second on the team in quarterback hurries with 16 ... Had four pass breakups during the season, tops among UK defensive linemen ... Played perhaps his best game ever in the season-opening upset of No. 17-ranked Louisville ... Officially, he made three tackles and had two pass breakups, but he also spent much of the evening harassing quarterback Dave Ragone and was credited with five quarterback hurries ... Blocked an extra point kick against Florida ... Had a career-high six tackles and blocked a field goal against LSU.
2001: Played in the final nine games after missing the first two because of a back injury ... Saw more action as the season, and his playing condition, progressed ... Totaled 11 tackles and two quarterback hurries ... Had a season high of three tackles against Florida ... His hurry on Mississippi State's Wayne Madkin forced an errant throw that was picked off by David Johnson ... Also played fullback in plays at Georgia and Vanderbilt, helping block for a first down and a touchdown, respectively.
2000 (Freshman): Started every game, a rare feat for a true freshman defensive lineman ... Made 20 tackles, including a season high of four against Indiana ... Had 6.5 tackles for loss, including sacks against Indiana and Tennessee ... In Dec. 2000, received the National High School Scholar-Athlete Award at the annual National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon in New York City.
High School: A Parade magazine All-American who has a remarkable combination of size, speed, and strength ... Four-year starter at Prestonsburg (Ky.) HS ... On offense, started at fullback as a sophomore and senior and in the offensive line as a junior ... Started at linebacker as a freshman, then moved into the defensive line his last three seasons ... Helped his team go to the state playoffs all four years, advancing to the third round his junior year ... Career totals include 264 tackles, 34 quarterback sacks, and 14 fumble recoveries on defense; 1,418 rushing yards and 23 TDs ... Rushed for 585 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, along with 81 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, three pass breakups, four fumbles caused, and three fumbles recovered on defense ... First-team all-state as a senior and second team as a junior by the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky ... Honorable mention all-state two years by The Associated Press ... Two-year member of the All-Mountain area team ... Named one of the top 100 players in the Southeast by Rivals.com and the #26 defensive tackle in the United States ... The #4 prospect in Kentucky and listed #28 in the Southeast by SuperPrep ... The #7 defensive lineman in the Southeast, according to PrepStar ... Best lifts included 425 pounds in the bench press, 700 pounds in the squat lift, 700 in the dead lift, and 405 in the power clean ... Coached by John DeRossett ... A 4.0-student who is a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, and Who's Who Among American High School Athletes ... Chose Kentucky over Tennessee, Florida State, and numerous others.
Personal: Full name is Jeremy David Caudill ... Born 11-22-81 in Lexington ... Son of John and Karen Caudill ... Major is biology and plans to go to medical school.
Caudill Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. FR FC PBU Blk-Kick 2000 Def. Tackle 11-11 20 6.5-27 2-18 1 0 0 0 2001 Def. Tackle 9-0 11 0.5-2 0 0 0 0 0 2002 Def. Tackle 12-12 39 4-11 2-5 1 1 4 2 Totals 32-23 70 11-40 4-23 2 1 4 2
Caudill Game-by-Game Statistics
2000 Opponent Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. Louisville 1 0 0 South Florida 1 1-1 0 Indiana 4 1-8 1-8 Florida 1 0 0 Ole Miss 2 0 0 South Carolina 2 1.5-3 0 Louisiana State 3 1-2 0 Georgia 2 1-3 0 Mississippi State 2 0 0 Vanderbilt 1 0 0 Tennessee 1 1-10 1-10 Totals 20 6.5-27 2-18