Marmon leaves mark on Eudora
Eudora High School senior Jason Marmon epitomized the title student-athlete during his four years as a Cardinal.
"He is a quiet leader but he also has a commanding aspect to him as far as leadership goes," Eudora wrestling coach Ron Abel said.
Marmon is best known to Eudora football fans as an outstanding offensive lineman who was named all-state as a senior and all-state honorable mention as a junior. While Marmon was a three-year starter and key blocker for star running backs Brian Harris and Andrew Pyle the Cardinals went 24-7. Eudora football coach Aaron Barnett said Marmon bench presses 310 pounds, squats 435, and powercleans 275.
"Making all-state makes me feel good because it lets me know that I'm not doing too bad of a job," Marmon said. "It is a measure of myself against my peers, and it can improve confidence, but you can't get an ego over it."
Marmon learned a lot from his teammates as an underclassmen, especially from Robert Collins, who recently completed his second season of football at Highland Junior College, and Zac Hamlin. Marmon also enjoyed his role as the blocking tight end during his sophomore season in 1999.
In return, current Cardinal underclassmen like sophomore lineman Chance Rowland have picked up some pointers from Marmon's play.
"He works real hard all the time and he's always the last one to keep pushing on the play," Rowland said.
People who follow the Cardinals' wrestling program could probably tell how Marmon stepped in for the injured Jason Lister, a fellow lineman and wrestler, and barely missed the state tournament as a freshman. Last season as a junior, Marmon placed fifth at state in the 215 weight class and entered this season as the top ranked wrestler in 4A at 215 pounds.
Marmon is equally as committed in the classroom, posting a 3.7 grade-point average, including a perfect 4.0 last year. Marmon, who is being recruited by Ivy League football programs Yale, Penn, Dartmouth and Columbia as well as small Midwestern colleges, regrets recording a few of Bs during his freshman and sophomore years.
"I've tried to apply my work ethic to my academics too," Marmon said.
Marmon hopes to major in the sciences and reads Scientific American magazine on a regular basis to keep up with the new developments in that field.
"Football is an aid for me to achieve a top notch education," Marmon said. "I'm looking for the best educational experience I can get at the lowest cost possible."
Marmon said that he would prefer to play college football rather than wrestle and Barnett thinks the three-year starter has the tools to succeed in college.
"I think Jason has a good foundation and a very good work ethic," Barnett said. "He can be as good as he wants to."
As a youngster, Marmon wasn't always happy with his role doing the dirty work for the running backs, quarterback and wide receivers, but he has realized as a high school player that what the team thinks is paramount.
"When I was younger it bothered me but those guys (skill position players) know we work hard to help them and that's all that matters," Marmon said.