UK Prepares For Florida
Kentucky (2-1, 0-0) at Florida (3-0, 1-0)
Sept. 23, 2000, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
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Tom Leach calls the play-by-play for the Wildcats. Former Wildcat star Jeff Van Note is the analyst 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., CBS Sept. 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 open Nov. 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)
How Experienced are the Tentative Starters? Sr. Jr. Soph. RFr. Fr. UK 7 5 5 1 4 UF 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 an offensive lineman with UK before moving into coaching because of recurring injuries.
Last Season vs. Florida
QB Doug Johnson led the Gators by completing 19 of 34 passes for 241 yards and two TDs while 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 James Whalen was the leading receiver with 12 catches for 85 yards. Fullback Derek Homer paced the ground 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 drive that was capped with a five-yard run by Homer. UK cut the margin to 28-10 on the first possession of the 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 other possessions, 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.
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
Starting 'Em YoungCoach Hal Mumme isn't afraid to play true freshmen immediately. In fact, Mumme has started at least one true freshman in the season 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 Johnson got 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 against Louisville.
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 emerged that 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: Team Passing Offense: 1st, 352 yards per game Total Offense: 2nd, 472 yards per game PAT Kicking: T1st, 100 percent Quarterback Sacks: 1st, 11 sacks Sacks Against: T1st, 1 sack allowed First Downs: 2nd, 43 first downs Individual Passing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 352 yards per game Total Offense: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 374 yards per game Rec. Yards Per Game: Quentin McCord 3rd, 93.5 ypg Kickoff Returns: Kendrick Shanklin 1st, 27.5 avg. Field Goals: Seth Hanson T1st, 1 FG per game FG Percentage: Seth Hanson T1st, 100 percent
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 McCree Most Games Started: 25 by Willie Gary 100-Yard Rushing Games: 4 by Derek Homer, 1 by Chad Scott 100-Yard Receiving Games: 1 by Quentin McCord, 1 by Jimmy Robinson, 1 by Kendrick Shanklin Games 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, two field 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 this season.
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 the first UK coach to have a winning record in his first three seasons since Blanton Collier in 1954-56. Along with Paul "Bear" Bryant and Jerry Claiborne both of whom are in the College Football Hall of Fame Mumme is one of three coaches who has taken Kentucky to consecutive bowl games. He was voted 1997 GTE Region 2 Coach of the Year by his peers in the American Football Coaches Association and named the 1999 South/Southwest Coach of the Year by Football News. He is in his 12th season as a collegiate 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 national playoffs in 1994 and 1996. He was named 1994 Georgia Coach of the Year by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the 1996 GTE Region 2 Coach of the Year by the AFCA, and the 1996 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year when the Blazers won the league title.
Mumme had a 25-10 record from 1989-91 at Iowa Wesleyan College. He took his team to the Steamboat Classic bowl game in 1989 and '90 and to the NAIA national playoffs in 1991. He was named the NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mumme is receiving plenty of compliments, as two of his former assistant coaches Mike Leach (Texas Tech) and Chris Hatcher (Valdosta State) have been hired as head coaches with the hope of duplicating 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 coach is 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 because of injury. Seven players missed at least one game via injury in 1998 and 11 in 1999. By comparison, a total of 18 players missed games 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 have resulted 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 to introduce 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 two seasons. Kentucky's highest in-season national ranking is third, by The Associated Press, on Nov. 20, 1950. UK's highest final ranking 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 of walk-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 and Tramaine 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 6:00 Mon. Sept. 25 Campbellsville 6:00 Mon. Oct. 2 Georgetown 6:00 Mon. Oct. 9 at Eastern Kentucky 7:00 Mon. Oct. 16 St. Francis 6:00 Thurs. Oct. 26 Hargrave Military Acad. 6:00 Thurs. 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
Keith Chatelain Took over at center when Nolan DeVaughn was lost for the season with 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 play center or either guard position.
Nolan DeVaughn UKs starting center suffered a knee injury in the Louisville game and appears to be lost for the season.
Antonio Hall True freshman has started every game at right tackle One of the nations most highly sought lineman prospects a year ago Has excellent musical aptitude, plays the piano, 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 offensive snap of the 1999 season at right guard.
Kip Sixbery Has started the last two games at left guard Played every down of the 1999 season at left guard, and at the age of 17, was the youngest full-time starter in Division I-A football.
Omar Smith UKs only senior starter in the offensive line Moved from tackle to right guard 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 1999 season at right tackle One of four Wildcats who have graduated already, has his degree in social work.
Derek Smith Starting tight end is the teams leading receiver with 15 catches for 227 yards, 15.1 per catch, and two TDs Ranks third in the SEC in receptions per game, 5.0, and is fourth in receiving yards per game, 75.7.
Dougie Allen Starting Z receiver has made a remarkable recovery from the knee injury and reconstructive surgery that occurred in Oct. 1999 Has seven catches for 131 yards and two TDs, averaging 18.7 per catch.
Bobby Blizzard Starting H receiver has played well the last two games Has caught seven passes for 97 yards Has worked hard to lose approximately 20 pounds and improve his 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 job covering punts and has four tackles this season.
Quentin McCord Shares the X position with Derek Abney Has been a big-play receiver for the Wildcats, with 10 receptions for 214 yards and two TDs, averaging 21.4 yards per 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 the 1996 and 1999 seasons because of injuries Has one reception for five yards One of four Wildcats who have graduated already and has diploma in the field of social work.
Artose Pinner Started the first two games at fullback Teams second leading rusher with 54 yards on 19 carries Also three receptions for 15 yards.
Chad Scott True freshman got his first collegiate start in the Indiana game Teams leading rusher with 169 yards on 29 carries, averaging 5.8 per carry Rushed for 106 yards in the win over South Florida Gained 63 yards vs. Indiana and scored his first two collegiate touchdowns Also has seven receptions for 36 yards.
Jared Lorenzen Leads the nation in total offense, averaging 362 yards per game Has completed 85 of 139 passes for 1,043 yards and eight touchdowns Ranks third in the nation in attempts, completions, yardage, and TD passes Has played consistently, with at least 300 passing yards and two TDs in each game Named the SEC Player of the Week by USA Today following his performance in the season opener at Louisville Was chosen as the preseason SEC Newcomer of the Year as predicted by the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook.
At 6-4, 275 pounds, Lorenzen might be the largest regular starting quarterback in college history Was born 13 pounds, three ounces Has been a quarterback since beginning to play organized football at age five Has remarkable agility for a player his size and has 43 net rushing yards this season, even with sack yardage deducted Has avoided several sacks because 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.
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 the Community Voice newspaper in Lexington.
Otis Grigsby Moved into the starting lineup the last two games after Dennis Johnson was sidelined by injury Has six tackles, including a sack at Louisville.
Dennis Johnson Sidelined by a high ankle sprain in the Louisville game Has missed the last two games and not expected to return in the near future Second-team All-SEC performer last season.
Matt Layow Senior end has played outstanding football so far this season Leads the defensive linemen in tackles with 14 Tied with Marlon McCree for the team lead in total tackles for loss (five for -31) and quarterback sacks (three for -26) Also has three fumble recoveries With two minutes to go against Indiana, he picked up a fumble and rumbled 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown It was his second touchdown as a Wildcat, also scoring on a six-yard interception return at Florida in 1998 Has two interceptions during his career The brightest moment of his career came in the summer of 1999, while visiting his girlfriend in Lexington, when he saved the life of a choking baby.
Dewayne Robertson True freshman defensive tackle has played very well The hero of the Indiana game, causing two fumbles, both of which resulted in Wildcat TDs His last fumble caused came with two minutes remaining in the game, and the loose ball was returned 21 yards 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 Dennis Johnson was hurt in order to give more depth there Has made one tackle Reached the semifinals of the heavyweight division of the 2000 National Boxing Championships held in April.
Marlon McCree The starter at weakside linebacker His outstanding speed and blitzing 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 at Louisville, returning one of them nine yards for a touchdown Had 10 tackles vs. South Florida, four for loss, including two QB sacks One of four Wildcats who has already graduated 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 Also has one pass breakup.
Jamal White Sees action as the backup middle linebacker Has seven tackles this season Had a season high of six stops against South Florida, including a quarterback sack.
Kenneth Grant Missed the first two games while recovering from an ankle sprain suffered on the first day of practice Aug. 11 Returned for the Indiana game and played well with four tackles and a pass breakup.
David Johnson Starting strong safety since the South Florida game Tied for the team lead in tackles with 24 after making a career-high 13 stops against Indiana Also had a pass breakup against the Hoosiers Has made an excellent recovery after sustaining a broken orbital bone (eye socket) in the 1999 season opener The injury threatened his career, but he healed 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 cast that is covered by foam padding Has nine tackles and one pass breakup this season Has 20 pass breakups in his career, ranking fourth on the school career list Had 13 PBU last year, tying the single-season school record One of four Wildcats who have already graduated and has his degree in social work.
Derrick Tatum -- Teams top reserve at cornerback and also serves as the nickel back when 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 as a reserve Has 11 tackles and has the teams only interception of the season Second-team All-SEC when he had five interceptions and three pass breakups last season and was SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Louisiana State.
Patrick Wiggins Started the opener at strong safety and now plays as a reserve Has four tackles this season SEC Defensive Player of the Week last season in the bowl-clinching win at Vanderbilt.
Seth Hanson Teams starting punter and also has been handling field goals and extra points since the South Florida game If he continues as a regular in both roles, he will be the first Wildcat to do so since All-American Lou Michaels handled punting and kicking in 1957 Is in his first season punting since his senior year of high school (1996) Averaging 38.5 yards per punt, with three landing inside the 20-yard line Has made all four field goal attempts, with a long of 36 yards, and is 8-8 on extra points Was the teams starting kicker in 1997 and 1998 before going through an injury redshirt season last year Has made 19 of 26 field goals in his career Holds UK career records for extra points made (86) and attempted (90) In 1998, set UK single-season records for extra points made (48) and attempted (51) and for most points made by a kicker (81).
Clint Ruth True freshman who has shared kickoff duties with Brandon Sanders Has kicked off 13 times, with 10 returned, two out of bounds, and one touchback.
Brandon Sanders Has shared kickoff duties with Clint Ruth Has kicked off seven times, with six returned and one touchback Also handled placekicking against Louisville and made both extra point attempts.
Kendrick Shanklin UKs primary kickoff and punt returner Averaging
23.8 on kickoff returns, fourth in the SEC and 32nd nationally Averaging 1.9
yards on punt returns Led the SEC last season in punt returns with a
13.5-yard average, including a TD return vs. Louisiana State.