There's no bearded lady or snake charmer, but 300-pound Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen has generated gasps of wonderment since he's been in Lexington, particularly when it comes time to face Georgia. The senior will start his last game against the No. 6 Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.
In his last trip to Athens, Lorenzen threw for 377 yards and three
touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards an another touchdown. He has averaged
371 yards and thrown for seven touchdowns in his three starts against
And he's done it in his own unique, lumbering style. No matter if he's
flipping a ball behind his head for a completion or shrugging off
linebackers, Lorenzen has wowed the crowd and even the Bulldogs while
keeping the Wildcats in games by himself.
"I can't tell you how many times we've schemed it right, and we just
can't bring the big joker down," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The
has always found a way to make some kind of play."
Georgia cornerbacks will have to be more diligent in their coverage
against the Wildcats due to Lorenzen's habit of draining every second
out of each play.
"We've got to be disciplined in covering longer because he does find
way of holding the ball longer," Richt said. "He's just done all kind
great things against us."
That was under Hal Mumme's system, though. This year, Lorenzen and the
rest of Wildcats (4-6, 1-5) have struggled to adapt to the style of
first-year coach Rich Brooks. Lorenzen is 138 of 228 overall for 1,729
yards and 15 touchdowns. His 192.1 yards per game average is 70 less
than his career average.
Still, Lorenzen last week became the fourth player in SEC history to
eclipse 10,000 yards passing. With 10,069 for his career, he trails only
Tennessee's Peyton Manning, Georgia's Eric Zeier and Florida's Danny Wuerffel.
Lorenzen's numbers aren't the only thing down in Lexington. Morale is
pretty low, too. After the Wildcats lost to Vanderbilt on Saturday,
snapping the Commodores' 23-game losing streak in the SEC, Brooks
questioned what it would take to get his team excited about playing
"Players should be able to motivate themselves, particularly with
what's on the line," Brooks said. "Some of our best players that
normally are ready to play were just shaking their heads (Sunday) when I
was talking to them. They just couldn't explain it. It was just one of
those nightmares you go through. Hopefully, we all learn from it and
don't let it happen again."
"Our biggest challenge going into this game is going to be getting
past the Vanderbilt game," Wildcat offensive lineman Sylvester Miller
The next biggest challenge will be beating the Bulldogs, which
Kentucky hasn't done since 1996. Despite Lorenzen's heroics, the
Wildcats have lost 11 of the last 12 to Georgia and haven't won in
Athens since 1977.
"If we play as lethargic against Georgia as we did last week,
run us out of the stadium," Brooks said. "It'll be ugly."
The Big Blue circus comes to Athens this weekend
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