Morriss: Boyd needs more PT

Redshirt freshman Shane Boyd may be closing the gap on starter Jared Lorenzen...

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Though conventional wisdom may suggest Kentucky's ailing offense doesn't need alternating quarterbacks, Guy Morriss suggested Monday that the remedy may be to play the second man even more.

During his weekly press luncheon at Wildcat Den, Morriss sounded like a coach leaning toward making his backup quarterback a bigger part of the gameplan.

Shane Boyd (7)

"He moved the club pretty good," Morriss said of redshirt freshman Shane Boyd, who called the signals for three of the Wildcats' 12 offensive possessions in Saturday's 36-10 loss to Louisville. "He made a couple of mental mistakes... but I think he's a kid who could give this offense a spark. You can see it in his eyes when he goes on the field. That was evident. He did a pretty good job when he was in there. It's obvious he needs to play more, and we're going to get him in the game more this weekend."

In his time on the field, Boyd completed only three of six passes for 34 yards. He also threw an interception and fumbled the ball inside the Cardinals' 5-yard line, but his play wasn't overshadowed by that of starter Jared Lorenzen.

Lorenzen, a sophomore who led the Southeastern Conference with 3,687 yards last season, struggled royally. He completed only 12 of 31 attempts for 121 yards, and like Boyd, had one interception and a fumble. He was also sacked twice and saw more than half (61) of his yards come on the final drive after the game had long been decided.

"I think he was obviously nervous, the first game. He was pressing a little bit, trying to make things happen.... It's hard to put your finger on it," Morriss said. "He may have been wound up too tight. You've just got to go out and relax and play. Just play. Let the system work for you, go through the progressions, do your reads and that sort of thing. He just didn't have a good day of doing that."

The UK coach stopped shy of saying he'd make a change on the depth chart.

"As of right now, yeah, he's our starter," Morriss said of Lorenzen, who is 2-10 as the Cats' starting quarterback. "We'll see how it goes. It's like we said, he'll get the first snap, which I guess makes him the starter. But things could change depending on how things go during the week. It's kind of a day-to-day.

"We're still looking for somebody to really come on and actually take the bull by the horns, prove to us that he's capable of moving the team on a consistent basis."

Asked how Lorenzen responded to watching film of the Louisville debacle, Morriss offered praise.

"He's a pretty resilient kid. He understands his mistakes and he's like everybody else, he sees what it's going to take to get it corrected," Morriss said. "You got through films and you correct them hard. We coach hard, and we demand a lot of them. But he accepts coaching. He understands his position and the nature of the beast. The quarterback's got to be the guy who makes this team go."


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