UK Prepares For Florida
Sept. 23, 2000, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
On the Tube
Live CBS will carry the game on a split-national basis. Verne Lundquist calls the play-by-playand Todd Blackledge is the analyst. Jill Arrington reports from the sidelines.
On the Radio
The University of Kentucky Football Radio Network will carry the broadcast on approximately80 stations. The network includes new flagship stations WLAP (630 AM) and WBUL (98.1 FM) inLexington and 50,000-watt stations WHAS (840 AM) and WSAI (1530 AM).
Tom Leach calls the play-by-play for the Wildcats. Former Wildcat star Jeff Van Note is theanalyst and Dick Gabriel is the sideline reporter.
Kentucky Results and Schedule (2-1, 0-0 SEC)Sept. 2 Louisville 40, UK 34 (A, OT) Sept. 9 UK 27, South Florida 9 (H)Sept. 16 UK 41, Indiana 34 (H)Sept. 23 at Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBSSept. 30 at Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.Oct. 7 South Carolina, 7:00 p.m.Oct. 14 at Louisiana State, 8:00 p.m.Oct. 21 Georgia, 7:00 p.m.Oct. 28 openNov. 4 Mississippi State (Homecoming), 1:30 p.m.Nov. 11 Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m.Nov. 18 at Tennessee, time TBA(all times Eastern and subject to change)
Florida Results and Schedule (3-0, 1-0 SEC)Sept. 2 UF 40, Ball State 19 (H)Sept. 9 UF 55, Middle Tennessee 0 (H)Sept. 16 UF 27, Tennessee 23 (A)Sept. 23 KentuckySept. 30 at Mississippi StateOct. 7 Louisiana StateOct. 14 AuburnOct. 28 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)Nov. 4 at VanderbiltNov. 11 South CarolinaNov. 18 at Florida State
Overall: UF leads 33-17
Current Streak: UF has won 13 in a row
First Meeting: 1917, UK 52-0 in Lexington
Last Meeting: 1999, UF 38-10 in Lexington
Last UK Win: 1986, 10-3 in Lexington
In Gainesville: UF leads 19-4 and has won the last 10 played in Gainesville; UKs last win in Gainesville was 31-3 in 1979
How Experienced are the Tentative Starters? Sr. Jr. Soph. RFr. Fr.UK 7 5 5 1 4UF 6 4 10 1 1Wildcats From the Sunshine State Kentucky has nine players from Florida, including:
The Wildcats also have a student coach, Tramaine Gaines, from Lake Mary, Fla. Gaines was anoffensive lineman with UK before moving into coaching because of recurring injuries.
Last Season vs. Florida
The Florida Gators used a balanced offense and a lightning-quick defense to defeat Kentucky,38-10, before a record crowd of 70,971 in Commonwealth Stadium.
QB Doug Johnson led the Gators by completing 19 of 34 passes for 241 yards and two TDswhile running backs Robert Gillespie and Bo Carroll combined for 194 rushing yards and three scores.
For Kentucky, Dusty Bonner completed 36 of 48 passes for 254 yards. Tight end JamesWhalen was the leading receiver with 12 catches for 85 yards. Fullback Derek Homer paced theground attack with 83 yards and the Wildcats only touchdown.
Florida built a 28-0 lead in the second quarter and Kentucky came back with an 80-yard drivethat was capped with a five-yard run by Homer. UK cut the margin to 28-10 on the first possession ofthe second half with a 37-yard field goal by Marc Samuel.
The Wildcats created other chances to score by moving into Florida territory on five otherpossessions, but the Gator defense stiffened and kept the Wildcats from inflicting additional damage.
Notes on the TV Appearance
national or regional television, including a 2-7 mark on CBS.
Since the Southeastern Conference was formed in 1933, Kentucky has posted a 19-45-2mark in 66 league openers.
The Wildcats have lost 12 consecutive SEC openers, seven of which have come against Florida. Kentuckys last victory in an SEC opener was a 35-6 triumph over Mississippi in 1987.
UK vs. Ranked Opponents
Over the years, Kentucky has played 180 games against teams ranked in The AssociatedPress Top 20/25 poll. The Wildcats own a 35-140-5 record against ranked opponents. Kentucky is3-17 against Florida when the Gators have been ranked.
Starting 'Em YoungCoach Hal Mumme isn't afraid to play true freshmen immediately. In fact, Mumme has started at least one true freshman in theseason opener each season at Kentucky.
In 1997, running back Derek Homer and safety Willie Gary started their first games as Wildcats. In '98, safety David Johnsongot the starting call in the opener. Last season, guard Kip Sixbery started the opener.
This year, freshman defensive tackles Jeremy Caudill and Dewayne Robertson and offensive tackle Antonio Hall started againstLouisville.
Another true freshman could join the lineup this week as running back Chad Scott is expected to see his first start.
Charting the TendenciesKentucky has a 19-18 overall record in three seasons under Coach Hal Mumme. Here are some tendencies that have emergedthat generate success for the Wildcats. Kentucky's record when:
Wildcats in the NFLEight former Kentucky Wildcats were on opening-day rosters in the National Football League. The list includes:
Wildcats in the SEC Stats
Team and individual stats in the top three in the SEC:TeamPassing Offense: 1st, 352 yards per gameTotal Offense: 2nd, 472 yards per gamePAT Kicking: T1st, 100 percentQuarterback Sacks: 1st, 11 sacksSacks Against: T1st, 1 sack allowedFirst Downs: 2nd, 43 first downsIndividualPassing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 352 yards per gameTotal Offense: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 374 yards per gameRec. Yards Per Game: Quentin McCord 3rd, 93.5 ypgKickoff Returns: Kendrick Shanklin 1st, 27.5 avg.Field Goals: Seth Hanson T1st, 1 FG per gameFG Percentage: Seth Hanson T1st, 100 percent
Wildcats in the NCAA StatsTeam and individual stats in the NCAA top 25:TeamPassing Offense: 5th, 352 yards per gameTotal Offense: 11th, 472 yards per gameFumble Recoveries: T4th, 5 recoveriesTurnovers Gained: T15th, 6 takeawaysIndividualPass Attempts: Jared Lorenzen 4th, 91 attemptsComp. Per Game: Jared Lorenzen 7th, 26 comp. per gamePassing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 7th, 704 yardsTouchdown Passes: Jared Lorenzen T5th, 6 TD passesTotal Offense: Jared Lorenzen 3rd, 374 yards per gamePoints Responsible For: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 44 pts. resp.Rec. Yards Per Game: Quentin McCord 25th, 93.5 ypgKickoff Returns: Kendrick Shanklin 15th, 27.5 per returnField Goals Per Game: Seth Hanson T25th, 1 FG per game
"Air Raid" OffenseKentucky ranks fifth nationally in passing offense with 352 yards per game and 11th nationally in total offense with 472 yardsper game UK leads the SEC in passing offense and has led the league in passing yardage all three previous seasons under CoachHal Mumme.
Offensive Line UK leads the SEC in sack prevention with only one sack allowed in 93 pass plays, a sack prevention ratio of98.9 percent The Wildcats did not allow a sack against South Florida, the first time in the Hal Mumme era that has happened All five starters return from last season, but there have been some changes Injuries to LT Matt Brown (ankle) and C NolanDeVaughn (knee) have forced Coach Guy Morriss to juggle his lineup so far this season DeVaughn is out for the season. Sophomore Keith Chatelain got the call against South Florida and played well in his first collegiate action Brown is expected toreturn this week, which should enable Omar Smith to return to RG Smith, Josh Parrish, and Kip Sixbery have handled the guardspots so far True freshman Antonio Hall has started both games at RT.
Tight Ends Sophomores Derek Smith and Chase Harp give the Wildcats an excellent tight end tandem Smith is tied for theteam lead in catches with eight for 134 yards and one TD Harp has caught two for 26 yards Slot receiver Bobby Blizzard canalso play tight end if needed.
Running Backs Freshman Chad Scott, who did not carry the ball in the season opener, gained 106 yards against SouthFlorida and could make his first start this week vs. Indiana Sophomore fullback Artose Pinner has rushed for 54 yards Seniorhalfback Derek Homer, 12th in UK career rushing, has rushed for 36 yards and is averaging 4.5 per attempt.
Wide Receivers Nine wideouts have caught at least one pass this season Senior Quentin McCord is the leader with sevencatches for 187 yards and two TDs, averaging 26.7 yards per reception Junior Dougie Allen is averaging a healthy 21.8 yards onhis five catches Redshirt freshman Derek Abney caught two TDs against South Florida Sophomore Bobby Blizzard got moreinvolved during the USF game with four catches for 62 yards.
Quarterbacks Redshirt freshman Jared Lorenzen has played well so far. He leads the nation in points responsible for (44 pts.coming on seven passing and rushing TDs and a two-point conversion) and is third in total offense, 374 yards per game. He wasnamed the SEC Player of the Week by USA Today after his performance in the season opener at Louisville Backups are seniorMark Perry and freshman Shane Boyd.
Homer Looking to Move Up ChartsSenior halfback Derek Homer ranks 12th in school history with 1,586 rushing yards. He needs 24 yards to surpass SteveCampassi (1,609) for 11th place and 79 yards to eclipse Bill Leskovar (1,664) and reach the top 10.
Homer also has 99 career pass receptions and needs one more catch to become the fifth player in school history with 100career receptions.Here is the UK career receiving chart: Player, Years Receptions1. Craig Yeast, 1995-98 2082. Anthony White, 1996-99 1943. James Whalen, 1997-99 1204. Kevin Coleman, 1995-98 1075. Derek Homer, 1997-2000 90
"Black Flag" DefenseCoordinator Mike Major calls his unit the "Black Flag" defense. The idea is to give his players the mindset of "never surrender" The Wildcat defenders lead the SEC in quarterback sacks with 11 The 'Cats are tied for fourth nationally in fumble recoverieswith five UK led the SEC in "takeaways" (fumbles recovered plus interceptions) last season with 31.
Defensive Line Several players see action as the coaches like to rotate fresh players in the D-Line.
DE Matt Layow has played extremely well so far with nine tackles. He has five tackles for loss (-31), including threequarterback sacks (-26), two fumble recoveries, and one fumble caused DE Dennis Johnson is out with an ankle sprain, with OtisGrigsby (three tackles, one sack) starting in his place DE Chris Demaree has played well off the bench with five tackles, two forloss, including a sack.
True freshmen Dewayne Robertson (five tackles, one sack) and Jeremy Caudill (two tackles, one for loss) have been starting atDT Redshirt freshman DT Nick Seitze has four tackles as a reserve.
Linebackers Senior Marlon McCree leads the team in tackles with 18. He also has four tackles for loss, including threesacks. He recovered two fumbles against Louisville, returning one for a touchdown Chris Gayton is tied for second on the team intackles with 11, including three for loss Ryan Murphy (nine tackles) and Jamal White (six tackles) have been sharing the middlelinebacker position.
Secondary All four starters return from last season, including senior CBs Eric Kelly and Kenneth Grant, senior SS Willie Gary,and junior FS Anthony Wajda.
Gary, however, played CB the first two games in place of Grant, who has been out with an ankle sprain Grant should returnthis week CB Eric Kelly is playing with a broken thumb sustained in the opener. He was second in the SEC in pass breakups lastseason with 13.
FS Anthony Wajda is tied for second on the team in tackles with 11. He got his first interception of the season against SouthFlorida SS David Johnson also has 11 stops, including one for loss, and caused a fumble near the goal line against South Floridathat saved a touchdown.
A Note About the Defensive StatisticsThere has been a change in how the Southeastern Conference will list tackles for loss this season. The stat column "tackles forloss" will combine tackles for loss on running plays and quarterback sacks. In previous seasons, the tackles for loss column did notinclude QB sacks.
Checking the Defensive ProgressThe Kentucky defense has shown improvement each season since Coach Hal Mumme and defensive coordinator Mike Majortook over in 1997. Here's a chart of the progress:1997 1998 1999 Yards Per Game Allowed 392.3 386.1 373.7 Points Per Game Allowed 32.9 30.9 29.4Turnovers Gained 20 16 31
A Look at the SpecialistsKickers Junior Seth Hanson began handling extra points and short field goals in the South Florida game, making two-of-twofield goals and all three extra point tries. Hanson owns the school career records for extra points made (81) and attempted (85) Senior Brandon Sanders and freshman Clint Ruth have shared kickoff duties.
Punters Junior Seth Hanson is averaging 38.3 yards per punt with a long of 48 yards against South Florida.
Returners Junior Kendrick Shanklin is leading the SEC and ranks 15th nationally in kickoff returns with a 27.5-yard average Shanklin also handles punt returns and is averaging 1.5 per runback. He led the SEC in punt return average (13.5 yards perreturn) last season.
Block That Kick!During the three seasons that Coach Mike Major has been in charge of the Kentucky defense, the Wildcats have blocked 11opponent kicks, including eight field goals, two punts, and one extra point. Here's the list:
Numbers Here, Numbers ThereHere are some various career statistical superlatives among current players, including regular-season games only.Most Games Played: 35 by Aaron Daniel, Derek Homer, Marlon McCreeMost Games Started: 25 by Willie Gary100-Yard Rushing Games: 4 by Derek Homer, 1 by Chad Scott100-Yard Receiving Games: 1 by Quentin McCord, 1 by Jimmy Robinson, 1 by Kendrick ShanklinGames With Double-Figure Tackles: 4 by Willie Gary, 2 by Marlon McCree
Scoring in the Blue Zone (20-and-in) Kentucky: Converted five of six opportunities for 26 points (three touchdowns, twofield goals, one blocked field goal).
Opponents: Converted five of seven opportunities for 30 points (four touchdowns, one field goal, two fumbles lost).
Charting the NailbitersUnder Coach Hal Mumme, UK has a 6-5 record in "nailbiter" games, i.e., games decided by seven points or less.
In overtime, UK is 1-1 under Mumme, a 40-34 home win over Alabama in 1997 and a 40-34 setback at Louisville to open thisseason.
Head Coach Hal MummeHal Mumme (Tarleton State, 1975) has a 19-18 record in his fourth season as head coach of the Wildcats. Mumme was thefirst UK coach to have a winning record in his first three seasons since Blanton Collier in 1954-56. Along with Paul "Bear" Bryantand Jerry Claiborne both of whom are in the College Football Hall of Fame Mumme is one of three coaches who has takenKentucky to consecutive bowl games. He was voted 1997 GTE Region 2 Coach of the Year by his peers in the American FootballCoaches Association and named the 1999 South/Southwest Coach of the Year by Football News. He is in his 12th season as acollegiate head coach and has a record of 84-45-1 (.650).
Mumme had a 40-17-1 mark from 1992-96 at Valdosta State, where he took the Blazers to the NCAA Division II nationalplayoffs in 1994 and 1996. He was named 1994 Georgia Coach of the Year by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the 1996 GTERegion 2 Coach of the Year by the AFCA, and the 1996 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year when the Blazers won theleague title.
Mumme had a 25-10 record from 1989-91 at Iowa Wesleyan College. He took his team to the Steamboat Classic bowl gamein 1989 and '90 and to the NAIA national playoffs in 1991. He was named the NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1989 and1991.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mumme is receiving plenty of compliments, as two of his former assistantcoaches Mike Leach (Texas Tech) and Chris Hatcher (Valdosta State) have been hired as head coaches with the hope ofduplicating the success of his system.
"Mummeball"UK coach Hal Mumme is known for his unconventional ways. Here are some examples of his off-the-beaten-path approach:
"We're not going to get anybody hurt if we can help it," Mumme says. "Why get hurt during the week when you're going to play on Saturday?"
"Mummeball is more classroom than battlefield," wrote John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1997. "The head coachis not a Schwarzkopf but an alchemist, busy turning ordinary metals into gold."
The approach paid off with fewer injuries in 1997, when only four players on the two-deep depth chart missed games becauseof injury. Seven players missed at least one game via injury in 1998 and 11 in 1999. By comparison, a total of 18 players missedgames because of injury in 1996 under a conventional practice system.
Fourth-Down AnalysisIn four seasons under Hal Mumme, Kentucky has "gone for it" on fourth down 111 times and made it 54 times.
The 54 successes have eventually resulted in 30 touchdowns and five field goals for Kentucky. The 57 missed attempts haveresulted in 18 touchdowns and two field goals on the ensuing opponent possessions.
Kentucky has made 9 of 13 fake punts under Mumme.
The Wildcats have made one of two fourth-down attempts this season.
UK Football HistoryThe Kentucky Wildcats are in their 110th season of intercollegiate football. The first Southeastern Conference school tointroduce football (1881), Kentucky has an all-time record of 518-489-44 (.514).
Kentucky has two SEC championships, 1950 and 1976. The Wildcats have been to nine bowl games, including the last twoseasons. Kentucky's highest in-season national ranking is third, by The Associated Press, on Nov. 20, 1950. UK's highest finalranking is sixth in the AP poll in 1977.
Junior Varsity Team ReturnsOne of Coach Hal Mumme's innovations in 1997 was the start of a junior varsity team. The team is comprised primarily ofwalk-ons, in addition to a few scholarship players who are not being redshirted.
The 2000 team is coached by graduate assistants Rob Manchester and John Schlarman and student coaches Randy Garver andTramaine Gaines. Manchester is head coach and defensive coordinator and Schlarman is the offensive coordinator.
Here is the 2000 JV schedule: Mon. Sept. 18 at Georgetown 6:00Mon. Sept. 25 Campbellsville 6:00Mon. Oct. 2 Georgetown 6:00Mon. Oct. 9 at Eastern Kentucky 7:00Mon. Oct. 16 St. Francis 6:00Thurs. Oct. 26 Hargrave Military Acad. 6:00Thurs. Nov. 9 at Pikeville College Club 7:00
Wildcats on the WebVisit the official University of Kentucky Athletics web site at www.ukathletics.com. The official Southeastern Conference web site is www.secsports.com.
Position-by-Position with the Wildcats
Kentucky ranks fifth nationally in passing offense with 347.7 yards per game and 11thnationally in total offense, 454 yards per game UK leads the SEC in both categories UKhas led the SEC in passing offense all three seasons under Coach Hal Mumme.
Matt Brown Starting left tackle Sustained a sprained ankle against Louisville Missed the South Florida game, breaking a string of 15 consecutive regular-season starts Returned for the Indiana game Did not begin playing football until his sophomore year of highschool Hobby is working on vintage cars.
Keith Chatelain Took over at center when Nolan DeVaughn was lost for the seasonwith a knee injury in the Louisville game Has started the last two games. Aaron Daniel Fifth-year senior who is the utility reserve in the offensive line Can playcenter or either guard position.
Nolan DeVaughn UKs starting center suffered a knee injury in the Louisville game andappears to be lost for the season.
Antonio Hall True freshman has started every game at right tackle One of the nationsmost highly sought lineman prospects a year ago Has excellent musical aptitude, plays thepiano, and is a gifted singer.
Josh Parrish Teams top reserve in the offensive line, backing up both guard positions Started at left guard vs. Louisville and right guard vs. South Florida Played every offensivesnap of the 1999 season at right guard.
Kip Sixbery Has started the last two games at left guard Played every down of the1999 season at left guard, and at the age of 17, was the youngest full-time starter in Division I-Afootball.
Omar Smith UKs only senior starter in the offensive line Moved from tackle to rightguard for the 2000 season and is well-regarded as a pro prospect Played left tackle vs.South Florida while Matt Brown was out with an injury Played every down of the 1999season at right tackle One of four Wildcats who have graduated already, has his degree insocial work.
Chase Harp Reserve tight end has five catches for 93 yards, including a long of 35yards vs. Indiana Came to UK as a quarterback and moved to tight end in the spring of1999.
Derek Smith Starting tight end is the teams leading receiver with 15 catches for 227yards, 15.1 per catch, and two TDs Ranks third in the SEC in receptions per game, 5.0, andis fourth in receiving yards per game, 75.7.
Derek Abney Shares the X receiver position with Quentin McCord Has 11 catchesfor 114 yards and two TDs Best game came vs. South Florida with five catches for 62 yardsand two TDs Wears uniform No. 12 in honor of his childhood best friend, Ezra Hartinger, who died when they were in seventhgrade.
Dougie Allen Starting Z receiver has made a remarkable recovery from the knee injuryand reconstructive surgery that occurred in Oct. 1999 Has seven catches for 131 yards andtwo TDs, averaging 18.7 per catch.
Bobby Blizzard Starting H receiver has played well the last two games Has caughtseven passes for 97 yards Has worked hard to lose approximately 20 pounds and improvehis conditioning since arriving at UK in Jan. 1999.
Neal Brown Reserve Z receiver has one catch for four yards.
Anthony Kelly Reserve receiver has two catches for five yards Also does a great jobcovering punts and has four tackles this season.
Quentin McCord Shares the X position with Derek Abney Has been a big-playreceiver for the Wildcats, with 10 receptions for 214 yards and two TDs, averaging 21.4 yardsper catch Had a 67-yard TD at Louisville and a 60-yard catch vs. South Florida.
Jimmy Robinson Playing in a rare sixth year to complete his eligibility, as he missed the1996 and 1999 seasons because of injuries Has one reception for five yards One of fourWildcats who have graduated already and has diploma in the field of social work.
Derek Homer Starts at halfback but also sees action at fullback Has gained 53 yards,averaging 4.4 per carry Ranks 12th in school history with 1,603 rushing yards Second onthe team in receptions with 12 for 96 yards Has 103 pass receptions in his career, the fifthWildcat to reach the century mark in catches.
Artose Pinner Started the first two games at fullback Teams second leading rusherwith 54 yards on 19 carries Also three receptions for 15 yards.
Chad Scott True freshman got his first collegiate start in the Indiana game Teamsleading rusher with 169 yards on 29 carries, averaging 5.8 per carry Rushed for 106 yards inthe win over South Florida Gained 63 yards vs. Indiana and scored his first two collegiatetouchdowns Also has seven receptions for 36 yards.
Shane Boyd True freshman who is a fine prospect and has a very strong arm Coacheshope to redshirt him, but could be called to action if Jared Lorenzen should fall victim to injury.
Jared Lorenzen Leads the nation in total offense, averaging 362 yards per game Hascompleted 85 of 139 passes for 1,043 yards and eight touchdowns Ranks third in the nationin attempts, completions, yardage, and TD passes Has played consistently, with at least 300passing yards and two TDs in each game Named the SEC Player of the Week by USAToday following his performance in the season opener at Louisville Was chosen as thepreseason SEC Newcomer of the Year as predicted by the Blue Ribbon College FootballYearbook.
At 6-4, 275 pounds, Lorenzen might be the largest regular starting quarterback in collegehistory Was born 13 pounds, three ounces Has been a quarterback since beginning toplay organized football at age five Has remarkable agility for a player his size and has 43 netrushing yards this season, even with sack yardage deducted Has avoided several sacksbecause of his size and strength, which have enabled him to get rid of the ball despite pressure. Mark Perry Teams backup quarterback Also the holder for placekicks.
Coordinator Mike Major calls his unit the Black Flag defense. The idea is to give hisplayers the mindset of never surrender The Wildcat defenders lead the SEC in quarterbacksacks with 13 The Cats are tied for second nationally in fumble recoveries with seven The Cats are tied for 15th in the country in total turnovers gained with eight The Wildcatdefense has already scored twice this season on fumble returns UK led the SEC in turnovertakeaways last season with 31.
Jeremy Caudill True freshman has started every game at defensive tackle Has sixtackles, including a season high of four against Indiana Has two tackles for loss, including hisfirst collegiate sack in the Indiana game Has remarkable physical gifts of strength and speed,which enable him to play as a true freshman.
Chris Demaree Has eight tackles as a reserve end Has three tackles for loss (-18),including a sack at Louisville Is a cousin of Lonny Demaree, a sportswriter for theCommunity Voice newspaper in Lexington.
Otis Grigsby Moved into the starting lineup the last two games after Dennis Johnson wassidelined by injury Has six tackles, including a sack at Louisville.
Dennis Johnson Sidelined by a high ankle sprain in the Louisville game Has missedthe last two games and not expected to return in the near future Second-team All-SECperformer last season.
Matt Layow Senior end has played outstanding football so far this season Leads thedefensive linemen in tackles with 14 Tied with Marlon McCree for the team lead in totaltackles for loss (five for -31) and quarterback sacks (three for -26) Also has three fumblerecoveries With two minutes to go against Indiana, he picked up a fumble and rumbled 21yards for the game-winning touchdown It was his second touchdown as a Wildcat, alsoscoring on a six-yard interception return at Florida in 1998 Has two interceptions during hiscareer The brightest moment of his career came in the summer of 1999, while visiting hisgirlfriend in Lexington, when he saved the life of a choking baby.
Dewayne Robertson True freshman defensive tackle has played very well The heroof the Indiana game, causing two fumbles, both of which resulted in Wildcat TDs His lastfumble caused came with two minutes remaining in the game, and the loose ball was returned 21yards by Matt Layow for the game-winning touchdown Totals 10 tackles on the season Has four tackles for loss (-27), including two QB sacks (-16).
John Robinson Reserve defensive tackle has made one tackle.
Nick Seitze Reserve defensive tackle has made five tackles this season.
Grayson Smith Began the season as a reserve tackle, then moved to end when DennisJohnson was hurt in order to give more depth there Has made one tackle Reached thesemifinals of the heavyweight division of the 2000 National Boxing Championships held in April.
Chris Gayton Starter at the strongside linebacker Has 16 tackles, including acareer-high nine at Louisville Has three tackles for loss (-10), including one sack.
Marlon McCree The starter at weakside linebacker His outstanding speed andblitzing can create havoc with opposing offenses Tied for the team lead in tackles (24),tackles for loss (five for 34), and quarterback sacks (three for 22) Recovered two fumbles atLouisville, returning one of them nine yards for a touchdown Had 10 tackles vs. SouthFlorida, four for loss, including two QB sacks One of four Wildcats who has alreadygraduated and has a degree in finance.
Ryan Murphy Has started all three games at middle linebacker Has 12 tackles,including one for loss Season high of nine tackles came in the opener at Louisville Alsohas one pass breakup.
Jamal White Sees action as the backup middle linebacker Has seven tackles thisseason Had a season high of six stops against South Florida, including a quarterback sack.
Willie Gary Started the Indiana game at free safety, making eight tackles Hadstarted the first two games at cornerback in place of the injured Kenneth Grant Played verywell at the corner Has totaled 16 tackles and one pass breakup this season Intelligentplayer who has played every position in the secondary during his career at UK Has 26career starts, more than any current Wildcat.
Kenneth Grant Missed the first two games while recovering from an ankle sprainsuffered on the first day of practice Aug. 11 Returned for the Indiana game and played wellwith four tackles and a pass breakup.
David Johnson Starting strong safety since the South Florida game Tied for the teamlead in tackles with 24 after making a career-high 13 stops against Indiana Also had a passbreakup against the Hoosiers Has made an excellent recovery after sustaining a brokenorbital bone (eye socket) in the 1999 season opener The injury threatened his career, but hehealed well.
Eric Kelly In his third year as a starting cornerback and is an outstanding cover man Playing with a broken thumb sustained in the opener at Louisville Plays with a fiberglass castthat is covered by foam padding Has nine tackles and one pass breakup this season Has20 pass breakups in his career, ranking fourth on the school career list Had 13 PBU lastyear, tying the single-season school record One of four Wildcats who have alreadygraduated and has his degree in social work.
Derrick Tatum -- Teams top reserve at cornerback and also serves as the nickel backwhen the Wildcats utilize five DBs Has made 12 tackles this season.
Anthony Wajda Started the first two games of the season at free safety and now plays asa reserve Has 11 tackles and has the teams only interception of the season Second-teamAll-SEC when he had five interceptions and three pass breakups last season and was SECDefensive Player of the Week vs. Louisiana State.
Patrick Wiggins Started the opener at strong safety and now plays as a reserve Hasfour tackles this season SEC Defensive Player of the Week last season in the bowl-clinchingwin at Vanderbilt.
Coleman Barnes Teams long snapper on punts and placekicks Had ahigh snap on his first extra point in the Louisville game, but has been flawlesssince In his first year on the varsity after playing for the junior varsity lastseason.
Seth Hanson Teams starting punter and also has been handling fieldgoals and extra points since the South Florida game If he continues as aregular in both roles, he will be the first Wildcat to do so since All-AmericanLou Michaels handled punting and kicking in 1957 Is in his first seasonpunting since his senior year of high school (1996) Averaging 38.5 yards perpunt, with three landing inside the 20-yard line Has made all four field goalattempts, with a long of 36 yards, and is 8-8 on extra points Was the teamsstarting kicker in 1997 and 1998 before going through an injury redshirtseason last year Has made 19 of 26 field goals in his career Holds UKcareer records for extra points made (86) and attempted (90) In 1998, setUK single-season records for extra points made (48) and attempted (51) andfor most points made by a kicker (81).
Clint Ruth True freshman who has shared kickoff duties with BrandonSanders Has kicked off 13 times, with 10 returned, two out of bounds, andone touchback.
Brandon Sanders Has shared kickoff duties with Clint Ruth Haskicked off seven times, with six returned and one touchback Also handledplacekicking against Louisville and made both extra point attempts.
Kendrick Shanklin UKs primary kickoff and punt returner Averaging23.8 on kickoff returns, fourth in the SEC and 32nd nationally Averaging 1.9yards on punt returns Led the SEC last season in punt returns with a13.5-yard average, including a TD return vs. Louisiana State.