His knee injury early in spring practice was a major disappointment for the coaching staff, as the coaches liked what they saw in him ... Fortunately, the injury did not require surgery and he should be full speed in August ... Has an opportunity to win a starting role following the graduation of Chase Harp ... Currently slotted No. 2 behind senior Win Gaffron going into the fall ... Has good knowledge of the game and pass-catching ability ... Has worked hard in the weight room and added approximately 30 pounds over the last two years ... Has played in 12 games with one start.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games as a reserve tight end and on special teams ... Started the season finale at Tennessee ... Caught two passes for 23 yards during the season ... A blocker on the kickoff return team that helped Derek Abney bring back two KOR for touchdowns ... Garnered his first varsity letter.
2001 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Two-year starter at Washington HS in the football hotbed of Massillon, Ohio ... As a senior, caught 48 passes for 618 yards and seven touchdowns ... Set a single-game school record with 10 receptions in one game ... Named to the all-county and All-Northeast Ohio teams following his senior season ... Caught 16 passes for 252 yards and five TDs as a junior ... Helped his team to a 19-3 record during his last two seasons, including a pair of playoff appearances ... "Jeremiah has a great football IQ," said Washington Coach Rick Shepas. "He reads coverages and runs option routes well. He has outstanding speed for a tight end and can get vertical on you." ... Chosen for the Stark County East-West All-Star Football Game ... A four-year letterman on the track team ... Ran the 110-meter high hurdles and 400-meter dash ... Valedictorian of his graduating class ... Member of the National Honor Society and French Club ... Jeremiah selected UK over Akron, Kent, and Harvard.
Personal: Last name is pronounced "DROB-nee" ... Born 12-14-82 in Amberg, Germany, as his father was in the military ... Son of Sylvester and Debra Drobney ... Sylvester played football at Marshall ... Major is computer science.
The Cats' Cause: Guest speaker at Stonewall Elementary (2002) ... Participated in a service event at an adult day care center and the annual UK Children's Hospital "Breakfast With Santa" (2002) ... Participated in service events at the Boys and Girls Club and the Morton Middle School Math Competition (2003).
Drobney Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2002 Tight End 12-1 2 23 11.5 0 12