Benefitted greatly from the change of coaching staff ... Finished the spring listed as a "co-starter" at both inside linebacker positions ... Impressed the coaches with his heady play ... Got his first taste of playing time last season and hopes to earn more in the coming campaign ... Came to UK as a defensive back, he has gradually added more weight and strength ... Has played in three games.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in three games ... Made four tackles, including a season-best of three in the victory over Texas-El Paso ... Got his first varsity letter.
2001 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: First-team all-state choice by the Alabama sportswriters following his senior season ... Led Grissom HS of Huntsville, Ala., to a 12-2 record, advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs in Class 6A - the state's largest classification ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter as a defensive back and outside linebacker ... Made 104 tackles as a senior, with four interceptions and nine fumbles caused ... Set a school record with 18 interceptions during his career ... Career totals also include 360 tackles and 19 fumbles caused ... Played tight end on offense ... As a senior, caught 19 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 19.6 yards per catch ... Three-year pick on the All-Huntsville team ... All-district as a junior and senior ... Honorable mention all-state as a junior ... Selected to play in the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star Classic ... "Jon was a dominant leader for us," said Grissom Coach Ronny Massey. "Kentucky is getting a great person and great football player." ... Also participated with his school's soccer and wrestling teams ... Named the 2001 Tennessee Valley Student of the Year for his combination of excellence in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities ... Extremely active in student affairs ... President of the Student Government Association and was president of his junior, sophomore, and freshman classes ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Red Cross Volunteer ... Member of the Junior League Teen Shelter Committee ... Chose Kentucky over Air Force.
Personal: Full name is Jonathan Edward Sumrall ... Last name is pronounced "sum-RALL" ... Born 7-5-82 in Texarkana, Tex. ... Son of George and Sandra Sumrall ... George played football at Southeast Louisiana ... Major is undeclared.
The Cats' Cause: Volunteered at UK Children's Hospital and the Richmond Retirement Place (2002).
Sumrall Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sack-Yds. 2002 Linebacker 3-0 4 0 0