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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
(cap. 83,000)

Wildcats Headlines

  • Southeastern Conference opener for the Wildcats
  • Kentucky coming off thriller win over Indiana
  • UK is fifth in the nation in passing offense, 11th nationally in total offense
  • UK defense is second in the nation in fumbles recovered, 15th in turnovers gained

    On the Tube
    Live CBS will carry the game on a split-national basis. Verne Lundquist calls the play-by-play and 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 approximately 80 stations. The network includes new flagship stations WLAP (630 AM) and WBUL (98.1 FM) in Lexington 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 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)

    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 Kentucky Sept. 30 at Mississippi State Oct. 7 Louisiana State Oct. 14 Auburn Oct. 28 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) Nov. 4 at Vanderbilt Nov. 11 South Carolina Nov. 18 at Florida State

    The Series
    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       4
    UF       6       4       10      1       1
    
    Wildcats From the Sunshine State Kentucky has nine players from Florida, including:

  • Sr. OG Aaron Daniel, Valparaiso
  • Jr. WR Anthony Kelly, Campbellton
  • Sr. CB Eric Kelly, Panama City
  • Sr. DE Matt Layow, Miami
  • Sr. LB Marlon McCree, Daytona
  • Sr. WR Kyle McDuffie, Tallahassee
  • Fr. RB Chad Scott, Plant City
  • Sr. OG Omar Smith, Miramar
  • Jr. FS Jermaine White, Gainesville

    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
    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 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

  • Kentucky has an all-time record of 21-59-1 on live

    national or regional television, including a 2-7 mark on CBS.

  • Kentucky is 1-9 vs. Florida on live TV.

  • Kentucky has been a popular TV team under Coach Hal Mumme, with this marking the 25th live national or regional appearance in Mummes 39th game at UK.

    SEC Openers
    Since the Southeastern Conference was formed in 1933, Kentucky has posted a 19-45-2 mark 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.

    Ouch Report

  • WR Bobby Blizzard (ankle) probable

  • DE Dennis Johnson (ankle) out indefinitely

  • C Nolan DeVaughn (knee) out indefinitely

    UK vs. Ranked Opponents
    Over the years, Kentucky has played 180 games against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 20/25 poll. The Wildcats own a 35-140-5 record against ranked opponents. Kentucky is 3-17 against Florida when the Gators have been ranked.

    Starting 'Em Young

    Coach 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 Tendencies

    Kentucky 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:

  • UK scores 40+ points: 8-0
  • UK scores 30+ points: 16-4
  • Opp. scores less than 30 points: 14-6
  • UK loses 0 or 1 turnover: 9-1
  • UK is plus or even in turnover margin: 13-3
  • UK creates four or more turnovers: 6-2
  • UK rushes for more yards than opponent: 11-2
  • UK holds opp. to 100 or fewer rushing yards: 10-1

    Wildcats in the NFL

    Eight former Kentucky Wildcats were on opening-day rosters in the National Football League. The list includes:

  • Tim Couch, QB, Cleveland
  • Dermontti Dawson, C, Pittsburgh
  • Marty Moore, LB, Cleveland
  • Todd Perry, OG, Chicago
  • Reggie Rusk, DB, San Diego
  • Dean Wells, LB, Carolina
  • Moe Williams, RB, Minnesota
  • Craig Yeast, WR, Cincinnati

    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 
    
    

    Wildcats in the NCAA Stats

    Team and individual stats in the NCAA top 25:
    
    Team
    Passing Offense: 5th, 352 yards per game
    Total Offense: 11th, 472 yards per game
    Fumble Recoveries: T4th, 5 recoveries
    Turnovers Gained: T15th, 6 takeaways
    
    Individual
    Pass Attempts: Jared Lorenzen 4th, 91 attempts
    Comp. Per Game: Jared Lorenzen 7th, 26 comp. per game
    Passing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 7th, 704 yards
    Touchdown Passes: Jared Lorenzen T5th, 6 TD passes
    Total Offense: Jared Lorenzen 3rd, 374 yards per game
    Points Responsible For: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 44 pts. resp.
    Rec. Yards Per Game: Quentin McCord 25th, 93.5 ypg
    Kickoff Returns: Kendrick Shanklin 15th, 27.5 per return
    Field Goals Per Game: Seth Hanson T25th, 1 FG per game

    "Air Raid" Offense

    Kentucky ranks fifth nationally in passing offense with 352 yards per game and 11th nationally in total offense with 472 yards per game UK leads the SEC in passing offense and has led the league in passing yardage all three previous seasons under Coach Hal Mumme.

    Offensive Line UK leads the SEC in sack prevention with only one sack allowed in 93 pass plays, a sack prevention ratio of 98.9 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 Nolan DeVaughn (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 to return this week, which should enable Omar Smith to return to RG Smith, Josh Parrish, and Kip Sixbery have handled the guard spots 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 the team lead in catches with eight for 134 yards and one TD Harp has caught two for 26 yards Slot receiver Bobby Blizzard can also play tight end if needed.

    Running Backs Freshman Chad Scott, who did not carry the ball in the season opener, gained 106 yards against South Florida and could make his first start this week vs. Indiana Sophomore fullback Artose Pinner has rushed for 54 yards Senior halfback 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 seven catches for 187 yards and two TDs, averaging 26.7 yards per reception Junior Dougie Allen is averaging a healthy 21.8 yards on his five catches Redshirt freshman Derek Abney caught two TDs against South Florida Sophomore Bobby Blizzard got more involved 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 was named the SEC Player of the Week by USA Today after his performance in the season opener at Louisville Backups are senior Mark Perry and freshman Shane Boyd.

    Homer Looking to Move Up Charts

    Senior halfback Derek Homer ranks 12th in school history with 1,586 rushing yards. He needs 24 yards to surpass Steve Campassi (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 100 career receptions.

            Here is the UK career receiving chart:
            Player, Years                   Receptions
    1.      Craig Yeast, 1995-98            208
    2.      Anthony White, 1996-99  	194
    3.      James Whalen, 1997-99   	120
    4.      Kevin Coleman, 1995-98  	107
    5.      Derek Homer, 1997-2000  	90

    "Black Flag" Defense

    Coordinator 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 recoveries with 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 three quarterback sacks (-26), two fumble recoveries, and one fumble caused DE Dennis Johnson is out with an ankle sprain, with Otis Grigsby (three tackles, one sack) starting in his place DE Chris Demaree has played well off the bench with five tackles, two for loss, including a sack.

    True freshmen Dewayne Robertson (five tackles, one sack) and Jeremy Caudill (two tackles, one for loss) have been starting at DT 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 three sacks. He recovered two fumbles against Louisville, returning one for a touchdown Chris Gayton is tied for second on the team in tackles with 11, including three for loss Ryan Murphy (nine tackles) and Jamal White (six tackles) have been sharing the middle linebacker 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 return this week CB Eric Kelly is playing with a broken thumb sustained in the opener. He was second in the SEC in pass breakups last season 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 South Florida SS David Johnson also has 11 stops, including one for loss, and caused a fumble near the goal line against South Florida that saved a touchdown.

    A Note About the Defensive Statistics

    There has been a change in how the Southeastern Conference will list tackles for loss this season. The stat column "tackles for loss" will combine tackles for loss on running plays and quarterback sacks. In previous seasons, the tackles for loss column did not include QB sacks.

    Checking the Defensive Progress

    The Kentucky defense has shown improvement each season since Coach Hal Mumme and defensive coordinator Mike Major took 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    29.4
    Turnovers Gained        	20      16      31

    A Look at the Specialists

    Kickers Junior Seth Hanson began handling extra points and short field goals in the South Florida game, making two-of-two field 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 per return) 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 11 opponent kicks, including eight field goals, two punts, and one extra point. Here's the list:
  • 1997, Indiana punt (Bob Holmberg)
  • 1997, Alabama field goal (David Ginn)
  • 1997, Georgia field goal (Jeff Zurcher)
  • 1997, Georgia extra point (Lamont Smith)
  • 1997, Louisiana State field goal (David Ginn)
  • 1998, Arkansas field goal (Dennis Johnson)
  • 1998, Louisiana State field goal (Jermaine White)
  • 1999, Arkansas field goal (Dennis Johnson)
  • 1999, Mississippi State punt (Dennis Johnson)
  • 1999, Syracuse field goal (Dennis Johnson)
  • 1999, Syracuse field goal (Jamal White)

    Numbers Here, Numbers There

    Here 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 Nailbiters

    Under 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 Mumme

    Hal 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:
  • Throwing the football: Mumme's offensive goal is to throw the ball to set up the run. His run-pass ratio at UK in 1997 was 36 percent run and 64 percent pass. In 1998, the ratio was 37 percent run and 63 percent pass. In 1999 the ratio was 44 percent run and 56 percent pass.
  • Taking risks: See the note on the next page for fourth-down analysis.
  • Limited hitting in practice: The Wildcats had four scrimmages in the spring and none in August. Otherwise, hitting in practice is usually limited to work on technique; there is very little full-scale hitting or tackling to the ground.

    "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.

  • Punting the ball out of bounds: UK's punts are designed to go near the sideline or out of bounds. The strategy improved Kentucky's net punting from 32.7 yards per punt in 1996 to 37 yards per punt in 1997. In 1998, Kentucky improved to 37.4 net yards per punt. The Wildcats set a school record last season with 39.92 net yards per punt.
  • Playing true freshmen: Mumme believes in playing true freshmen. In his first three seasons at UK, 62 percent of his true freshmen played in their first season.
  • Junior varsity team: Mumme continues to field a junior varsity team again this season. See below for a story on the JV squad.

    Fourth-Down Analysis

    In 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 History

    The 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 Returns

    One 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

    Catscellaneous

  • Team captains for 2000 on offense are HB Derek Homer, WR Quentin McCord, WR Jimmy Robinson, and OT Omar Smith. Defensive captains include DB Willie Gary, CB Eric Kelly, LB Marlon McCree, and DT Grayson Smith.
  • Kentucky is in its 28th season in Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcats have a record of 94-71-4 (.568) in Commonwealth since the stadium opened in 1973. Kentucky is 12-7 (.632) at home under Mumme.
  • UK has led or tied for the league lead in most players on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 10 of the last 16 years.
  • Six current players are walk-ons who were awarded full scholarships WR Neal Brown, WR Alex Herman, WR Gary Hughes, QB Mark Perry, DT Grayson Smith and SS Patrick Wiggins. Mumme has awarded 17 scholarships to walk-ons during his time at Kentucky.
  • The Kentucky cheerleaders won an unprecedented 10th national championship at the 2000 Universal Cheerleaders Association competition in January. The Wildcats cheerleaders have won the last five national titles - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

    Wildcats on the Web

    Visit 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

    Offense
    Kentucky ranks fifth nationally in passing offense with 347.7 yards per game and 11th nationally in total offense, 454 yards per game UK leads the SEC in both categories UK has led the SEC in passing offense all three seasons under Coach Hal Mumme.

    Offensive Line
    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 high school Hobby is working on vintage cars.

    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.

    Tight Ends
    Chase Harp Reserve tight end has five catches for 93 yards, including a long of 35 yards vs. Indiana Came to UK as a quarterback and moved to tight end in the spring of 1999.

    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.

    Wide Receivers
    Derek Abney Shares the X receiver position with Quentin McCord Has 11 catches for 114 yards and two TDs Best game came vs. South Florida with five catches for 62 yards and two TDs Wears uniform No. 12 in honor of his childhood best friend, Ezra Hartinger, who died when they were in seventh grade.

    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.

    Running Backs
    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 on the team in receptions with 12 for 96 yards Has 103 pass receptions in his career, the fifth Wildcat to reach the century mark in catches.

    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.

    Quarterbacks
    Shane Boyd True freshman who is a fine prospect and has a very strong arm Coaches hope 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 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.

    Defense
    Coordinator 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 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 Wildcat defense has already scored twice this season on fumble returns UK led the SEC in turnover takeaways last season with 31.

    Defensive Line
    Jeremy Caudill True freshman has started every game at defensive tackle Has six tackles, including a season high of four against Indiana Has two tackles for loss, including his first 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 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.

    Linebackers
    Chris Gayton Starter at the strongside linebacker Has 16 tackles, including a career-high nine at Louisville Has three tackles for loss (-10), including one sack.

    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.

    Defensive Backs
    Willie Gary Started the Indiana game at free safety, making eight tackles Had started the first two games at cornerback in place of the injured Kenneth Grant Played very well at the corner Has totaled 16 tackles and one pass breakup this season Intelligent player who has played every position in the secondary during his career at UK Has 26 career starts, more than any current Wildcat.

    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.

    Special Teams
    Coleman Barnes Teams long snapper on punts and placekicks Had a high snap on his first extra point in the Louisville game, but has been flawless since In his first year on the varsity after playing for the junior varsity last season.

    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.

     

     

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