Social work undergraduate Jarmarquis Durst is one of the Big 12 Champions for Life. This campaign highlights student-athletes with life-changing stories from each of the conference’s ten universities. Selected students embody the defining characteristics of a champion — leadership, perseverance, community service, and discipline — and serve as role models both on the field and in the classroom.
After walking on to the Texas football program, Durst was awarded a scholarship before the 2018 season. One of 11 siblings, Durst will be the first in his family to graduate from college when he finishes the requirements for a degree in social work next spring. He is passionate about giving back to the community and spreading the message to kids that they are not the product of their environment. Durst participated in the UT Soles for Souls program this year, traveling to Jamaica to help distribute shoes and other items to those in need.