Cats' offense, defense split second scrimmage

The offense and defense both had their moments Saturday in a 72-play scrimmage at the Nutter Training Center...

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- After being held in check for most of its first scrimmage of the spring, the Kentucky offense showed some signs of life on Saturday in a 72-play workout at the Nutter Training Center.

First-team quarterback Jared Lorenzen completed seven of 10 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while backup Shane Boyd was 10-of-17 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt freshman running back Alexis Bwenge added 69 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown to give the offensive unit four scoring drives on the day.

"The offense scored a couple of times, but bogged down a couple of times, too," UK coach Guy Morriss said. "But I think they caught up (to the defense) a little bit."

Bwenge, who got the majority of the reps due to projected starter Artose Pinner's battle with the flu, ripped a 29-yard run against the first-team defense to highlight his rushing attempts. He also caught two passes for 30 yards.

"(Bwenge) ran the ball well," Morriss said. "He's a kid we feel good about. He's rounding into form."

Pinner, who had a temperature of 105 degrees Friday night, still managed to take the field. He had 26 yards on eight carries.

Leading the Wildcat receiving corps was sophomore Gerad Parker, who caught four passes for 41 yards. Senior Derek Abney had two receptions, including a 36-yard touchdown strike from Lorenzen before appearing to pull a groin muscle on the first series. He did not return to action, but isn't thought to be seriously injured.

Senior wideoout Aaron Boone had a 13-yard touchdown grab from Lorenzen, and senior tight end Win Gaffron hauled in a 10-yard TD pass from Boyd.

The defense also had its moments, recording 12 sacks.  Junior defensive tackles Dewayne Robertson and Jeremy Caudill each had four sacks. Defensive end Otis Grigsby tallied two, while David Johnson and Ray Fontaine each added one.

Only four of the sacks, however, came against the first-team offensive line.

"(Robertson) looked awesome in there," Morriss said. "We couldn't block him. He was blowing through anyone we had in front of him."

Robertson also blocked a field goal, a 45-yard attempt by Clint Ruth. The UK kickers struggled on the brisk, windy day, missing all three field goal attempts. Seve Sucurovic missed a 19-yarder, and Justin Hutton failed from 37 yards out.  It was their first day of live kicking in a scrimmage situation, however, and they made all four extra-point attempts.

Another defensive highlight was the second unit stuffing the first-team offense on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Sophomore defensive tackle Ellery Moore got penetration into the backfield, and sophomore linebacker Justin Haydock stopped Pinner cold in his tracks.

"We did a lot of good things, and we did a lot of bad things," UK defensive coordinator John Goodner said. "We've got a long way to go, but the one thing that was constant was our effort and intensity. I like what I see there."


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