Looks to be a starter at defensive tackle entering his senior season ... A two-time academic all-Big 12 selection ... Had a solid season inside and played through injury throughout the 2009 season ... Had already earned his degree in marketing prior to OSU's January appearance in the Cotton Bowl ... Originally came to OSU as a defensive end.
2009 (Junior): Finished the season with 18 tackles, including 12 solo stops ... Had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 1.5 quarterback sacks ... Had three tackles, 1.5 sacks for six yards in losses, and forced a fumble against No. 13 Georgia in the season opener ... Had a season-high four tackles with another tackle behind the line of scrimmage against No. 3 Texas ... Had two tackles, including a TFL, at Iowa State ... Credited with quarterback hurries against Rice and Texas ... First-team academic all-Big 12 honoree.
2008 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 13 games and recorded 10 tackles ... Had a season-high three tackles against Missouri State ... Had solo tackles against Baylor, Iowa State and OU ... Four of his 10 tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, including one for a 1-yard loss vs. Houston, and a half-yard loss and a quarterback hurry against Missouri State ... Was credited with a half-sack for a three-yard loss in the win at No. 3 Missouri ... Had a tackle for a three-yard loss against Iowa State ... Also had a tackle for a three-yard loss vs. OU ... His four tackles for loss ranked sixth on the squad ... Broke up a pass against Troy.
2007 (Freshman): Played in six games and was credited with four tackles ... Had a quarterback sack (for an eight-yard loss) at Nebraska ... Had a tackle for a two-yard loss against Sam Houston State.
High School: Enjoyed a standout prep career ... Senior season numbers included 97 unassisted tackles and 48 assisted stops, two quarterback sacks, two fumbles caused, one interception and a recovered fumble ... As a junior, credited with 78 total tackles, a pair of sacks and one interception ... District defensive player of the year and a two-time all-district choice ... Was involved in the local FCA chapter, as well as the Peer Assistance Leadership group.
Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1988 ... Son of Kerry and Sandy Jarka ... Has a younger brother, Korey ... Dad played football at Texas Lutheran and his uncle was inducted into the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach ... Marketing degree in hand, he is pursuing his MBA.
Jarka's Career Stats Year GP UT-AT-TT TFL Sacks INT PBU QBH FF FR 2007 6 4-0-4 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 12 6-4-10 4.0 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 2009 13 12-6-18 5.0 1.5 0 0 2 1 0 Career 31 22-10-32 11.0 3.0 0 0 3 1 0