Student Athlete of the Week: Kevin Jarrell

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Midway through his senior season, quarterback Kevin Jarrell is on pace to become the most prolific football player in Monticello High School history.

"The numbers are just unreal," Monticello head coach Jeff Lloyd said this week at practice. "Through the first four games, we have the most yards in the history of the school. The most points scored. And his numbers are just unbelievable. He's averaging a first down every time he touches the football."

Jarrell was a freshman when he took over as the Mustangs' starting quarterback three seasons ago, in an overtime win at Albemarle. He has started every game for Monticello since -- and will face the Patriots for the fourth time in his career when the Mustangs visit AHS on Friday.

With 1,877 career yards entering Week 6, Jarrell is already Monticello's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks. As of Thursday, he's 461 yards shy of the Mustangs' all-time passing record, and 210 yards short of becoming the school's all-time leader in total offense.

In a Week 3 win over Turner Ashby, Jarrell's 424 yards of total offense broke Monticello's single-game record, and he broke his own school record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback with 239. Jarrell ran for five touchdowns in that game -- then ran for five more a week later at Spotswood.

For the season, Jarrell has thrown for 582 yards and four touchdowns with one interception on 25-of-45 passing. He's rushed for a team-best 627 yards and 15 touchdowns.

But Jarrell says there's only one football statistic he's worried about -- the 4-0 record the Mustangs will take to AHS on Friday.

"At the end of the day, a win's a win," Jarrell said. "That's all I care about. That's all we care about. We win as a team, we lose as a team. Stats don't really matter to me."

There is one other statistic Jarrell admits he takes pride in -- his 4.6 GPA in the classroom.

"I just want to be the best at everything I do. If it's grades, football, baseball, whatever," Jarrell said. "I just want to be the best I can be."

"He's the most competitive kid I think I know, and you would never know that just talking with him," said Lloyd. "But you get him in any type of game, he just wants to win."

Jarrell is also active in the Charlottesville community, whether it's reading to preschoolers or volunteering at events like the annual carnival at Cale Elementary School.

"Off the field, he's a better kid than he is a player. That's the greatest compliment I can give him," said Lloyd. "It's very rare with today's high school student that you have a kid that does everything right all the time. He's that kid."

"It's just trying to help others," said Jarrell. "I think every day I try to come into school, and want to learn something new every day. And to have a lot of friends and a lot of teachers that want me to succeed is awesome."

"He brings kids together. He makes the players around him better. They all respect him, not because of what he's done but because of how he goes about it," said Lloyd. "He's a great kid. I think he's a once-in-a-lifetime kid at quarterback. I think it will be very hard on me when he's done this year and graduates."