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Georgia (5-1, 3-1) at Kentucky (2-5, 0-4
Oct. 21, 2000, 12:30 p.m. EDT
Commonwealth Stadium, cap. 67,530
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Wildcats Headlines

  • Kentucky begins three-game homestand against No. 12-ranked Georgia
  • UK seventh in the nation in passing offense
  • UK defense is 11th in the nation in fumbles recovered, third in the SEC in quarterback sacks
  • UK taking on Georgia defense that leads the SEC in scoring defense, total defense, and passing defense

    On the Tube

    Live This is the SEC Game of the Week as regionally televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. Dave Neal calls the play-by-play. Dave Rowe is the analyst and Charles Davis provides reports from the sidelines.

    Delay None.

    Ticket Info

    About 200 single tickets (no pairs) are available. Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office. Tickets may be charged on credit cards by calling (859) 257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS. Tickets also may be ordered on UK's internet site, ukathletics.com.

    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.

    The broadcast also can be heard around the world through the internet at ukathletics.com.

    
    Kentucky Results and Schedule (2-5, 0-4 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 Florida 59, UK 31 (A)
    Sept. 30 Mississippi 35, UK 17 (A)
    Oct. 7   South Carolina 20, UK 17 (H)
    Oct. 14  Louisiana State 34, UK 0 (A)
    Oct. 21  Georgia, 12:30 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)

    Georgia Results and Schedule (5-1, 3-1 SEC) Sept. 2 UG 29, Georgia Southern 7 (H) Sept. 9 South Carolina 21, UG 10 (A) Sept. 16 open Sept. 23 UG 37, New Mexico State 0 (H) Sept. 30 UG 38, Arkansas 7 (A) Oct. 7 UG 21, Tennessee 10 (H) Oct. 14 UG 29, Vanderbilt 19 (H) Oct. 21 at Kentucky Oct. 28 vs. Florida, in Jacksonville Nov. 4 open Nov. 11 at Auburn Nov. 18 Mississippi Nov. 25 Georgia Tech

    The Series Overall: Georgia leads 41-10-2 Current Streak: UG has won three in a row First Meeting: 1939, UK 13-6 in Louisville Last Meeting: 1999, UG 49-34 in Athens Last UK Win: 1996, 24-17 in Lexington In Lexington: UG leads 19-6 Series Notes: The teams played nine times from 1939-49, and after a six-year lull, have played annually since 1956.

    How Experienced are the Tentative Starters? Sr. Jr. Soph. RFr. Fr. UK 7 3 7 1 4 UG 9 7 6 0 0

    Last Year vs. Georgia
    Georgia jumped ahead early and held on to defeat Kentucky, 49-34, in Athens. The Bulldogs scored twice in the first six minutes and led 21-0 in the second quarter before the Wildcats got on the board. Kentucky played catch-up the rest of the way but was never able to match the Bulldogs.

    The balanced Georgia attack generated 577 yards of total offense. QB Quincy Carter threw for 306 yards and two TDs and ran for 87 more yards. The Bulldog defense also made 11 sacks, grabbed three turnovers, and blocked a punt.

    Despite the slow start, the Kentucky offense warmed to the task as the game progressed. QB Dusty Bonner completed 33 of 52 passes for 421 yards, most ever allowed by Georgia. TE James Whalen enjoyed another banner day, grabbing 10 balls for 152 yards and four touchdowns. WR Kendrick Shanklin also had a good game, catching eight balls for 124 yards and adding a 54-yard punt return.

    The Wildcats' defense came up with five turnovers, including interceptions by CB Eric Kelly and LB Jeff Snedegar.

    Georgia Ties
    Kentucky has six players from Georgia:

  • Sr. FS Willie Gary (Valdosta)
  • So. LB Morris Lane (Naylor)
  • Sr. WR Quentin McCord (LaGrange)
  • Sr. WR Jimmy Robinson (Stone Mountain)
  • So. HB Ernest Simms (Warner Robins)
  • Jr. SS Patrick Wiggins (Suwanee)

    Notes on the TV Appearance
    Kentucky has an all-time record of 21-61-1 on live national regional television, including a 1-2 mark this season Kentucky has a 3-10 all-time record on Jefferson-Pilot Sports UK is 1-8 against Georgia on network TV Kentucky has been a popular TV team under Coach Hal Mumme, with this marking the 27th live national or regional appearance in Mumme's 43rd game at UK.

    UK vs. Ranked Opponents
    Over the years, Kentucky has played 181 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 20/25 poll. The Wildcats have a 35-141-5 record against ranked foes. UK is 3-17 against Georgia when the Bulldogs are ranked.

    Wildcats Adjusting to New Defenses
    After the Florida game on Sept. 23, the UK coaching staff switched to a 5-2 defensive alignment, replacing the 4-3 scheme that had been used.

    The Wildcats first used the 5-2 alignment at Mississippi. The defense struggled early, but got better as the game went along and allowed only a field goal in the second half.

    Against South Carolina, UK gave up 20 points. The Wildcats posted several stops in the second half with the game on the line.

    The coaching staff put in another wrinkle for the LSU game, playing a 5-3 alignment.

    Lorenzen Nearing SEC Freshman Passing Record
    Freshman quarterback Jared Lorenzen has thrown for 2,182 yards this season. He needs just 80 yards to break the SEC freshman record of 2,261 passing yards, set by Tommy Hodson of LSU in 1986.

    Kelly on Verge of Pass Breakup Record
    Senior cornerback Eric Kelly is nearing the school's career record for pass breakups. Kelly leads the team with five PBU this season, giving him 24 for his career just one shy of Van Hiles' mark of 25.

            Here is the UK career list for pass breakups.
            Player, Years                   Pass Breakups
    1.      Van Hiles, 1993-96              25
    2.      Eric Kelly, 1997-2000           24
    3.      Brad Armstead, 1989-92  	21
            Gary Willis, 1989-91            21
    
    Kelly and Willis also share UK's single-season PBU record of 13, which Kelly tied last season.

    UK Remembers Claiborne
    The University of Kentucky football program is honoring the memory of Jerry Claiborne, former student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach of the Wildcats, who died on Sept. 24.

    First, the Commonwealth Stadium flag was flown at half-mast through Sept. 28, the date of Claiborne's funeral. And, since the games of Sept. 30, the UK helmets featured football-shaped black stickers with the initials JDC.

    Claiborne played at Kentucky from 1946-49 as a defensive back, end, and blocking back. He still holds UK's single-season record for interceptions with nine. He was an assistant coach under Paul Bear Bryant.

    In 1982, with the program struggling because of NCAA probation and off-the field problems, Claiborne returned to his alma mater. He led the Wildcats to the 1983 and 1984 Hall of Fame Bowls and restored the integrity of the program on every front.

    Claiborne retired from coaching following the 1989 season, but stayed involved at UK by helping raise the funds for the Nutter Field House, which opened in 1993.

    Wildcats Battling Scoring Slump
    Kentucky is battling a scoring slump as the Wildcats have not scored in the last six quarters.

    Ironically, however, Kentucky has still moved the ball. During the six scoreless quarters, UK has 616 yards of total offense. UK has had 16 possessions in the six quarters and has driven into opponent territory 12 times.

    Wildcats in the SEC Stats
    Team and individual stats in the top three in the SEC: Team
    Passing Offense: 2nd, 311.7 yards per game
    Total Offense: 2nd, 413.0 yards per game
    PAT Kicking: T1st, 100 percent
    Quarterback Sacks: 3rd, 20 sacks
    First Downs: 2nd, 152 first downs

    Individual
    Passing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 311.7 yards per game
    Total Offense: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 321.4 yards per game
    PAT Percentage: Seth Hanson, T1st, 100 percent
    FG Percentage: Seth Hanson T3rd, 87.5 percent

    Wildcats in the NCAA Stats
    Team and individual stats in the NCAA top 25:

    Team
    Passing Offense: 7th, 311.7 yards per game
    Fumble Recoveries: T11th, 10 recoveries

    Individual
    Pass Attempts: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 347 attempts
    Comp. Per Game: Jared Lorenzen 1st, 28.9 comp. per gm.
    Passing Yardage: Jared Lorenzen 3rd, 2182 yards
    Touchdown Passes: Jared Lorenzen T11th, 12 TD passes
    Total Offense: Jared Lorenzen 3rd, 321.4 yards per game
    Points Responsible For: Jared Lorenzen t16th, 14.0 points responsible per game

    Running Game More Effective
    Kentucky's running game is showing improved effectiveness this season. The Wildcats are averaging 101.3 yards per game in the 2000 campaign, up from 75 yards per game last season. Even more important is the fact that UK fullbacks Chad Scott and Artose Pinner the primary ballcarriers are averaging 5.0 and 4.8 yards per carry, respectively.

    Offensive Line Growing
    UK's offensive line, with only one senior starter, has been an improved unit this year.

    As mentioned in the previous note, rushing yardage is up from 75 yards per game to 101.3 yards per game so far this season.

    Pass protection has gotten better as well. UK has allowed just 13 quarterback sacks in 362 passing plays this season a sack prevention ratio of 96.4 percent. Kentucky allowed 52 sacks last season.

    Homer Looking to Move Up Charts
    Senior halfback Derek Homer ranks 11th in school history with 1,625 rushing yards. He needs 40 yards to eclipse Bill Leskovar (1,664) and reach the top 10. Homer also has 115 career pass receptions and is fourth on the UK receiving list. 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.      Derek Homer, 1997-2000  115
    5.      Kevin Coleman, 1995-98  107
    
    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 have started every game.

    Another true freshman has joined the lineup as running back Chad Scott started the last three games.

    Kelly Nearing Pass Breakup Record
    Senior cornerback Eric Kelly is nearing the school's career record for pass breakups. Kelly leads the team with four PBU this season, giving him 23 for his career just two shy of Van Hiles' mark of 25.

            Here is the UK career list for pass breakups.
            Player, Years                   Pass Breakups
    1.      Van Hiles, 1993-96              25
    2.      Eric Kelly, 1997-2000           23
    3.      Brad Armstead, 1989-92  	21
            Gary Willis, 1989-91            21
    

    Kelly and Willis also share UK's single-season PBU record of 13, which Kelly tied last season.

    A Note About the Defensive Statistics
    There has been a change in how the Southeastern Conference is listing tackles for loss this season. The stat column tackles for loss combines 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
    

    Block That Kick!
    During the four 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, with current Wildcats underlined:

  • 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)

    Defense Scoring, Too
    During the four seasons that Coach Mike Major has been in charge of the Kentucky defense, the defensive Cats have scored 10 times, including seven touchdowns, two safeties, and a two-point defensive PAT after a blocked extra point kick.

    The Kentucky defense has scored twice this season, Marlon McCree's nine-yard fumble return at Louisville and Matt Layow's 21-yard game-winning fumble return vs. Indiana.

    Scoring in the Blue Zone (20-and-in) Kentucky: Converted 19 of 23 opportunities for 108 points (13 touchdowns, six field goals, one turnover, one lost on downs, one blocked field goal, one punt).

    Opponents: Converted 22 of 28 opportunities for 125 points (15 touchdowns, seven field goals, two turnovers, two held on downs, two missed field goals).

    Numbers Here, Numbers There
    Here are some various career statistical superlatives among current players, including regular-season games only. Most Games Played: 39 by Aaron Daniel, Derek Homer, Marlon McCree Most Games Started: 29 by Willie Gary 100-Yard Rushing Games: 4 by Derek Homer, 1 by Chad Scott, 1 by Artose Pinner 100-Yard Receiving Games: 2 by Quentin McCord, 1 by Jimmy Robinson, 1 by Kendrick Shanklin Games With Double-Figure Tackles: 5 by Willie Gary, 3 by Marlon McCree, 1 by Ryan Murphy, 1 by David Johnson

    Charting the Nailbiters
    Under Coach Hal Mumme, UK has a 7-6 record in nailbiter games, i.e., games decided by seven points or less. The Wildcats are 1-2 in nailbiters this season.

    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 20-21 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 85-48-1 (.638).

    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 later on this page for fourth-down analysis.
  • Limited hitting in practice: The Wildcats had four scrimmages in the spring and none in August. The Wildcats do some live tackling work in practice, but there is no scrimmaging.

    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 the next column for a story on the JV squad.

    Fourth-Down Analysis
    In four seasons under Hal Mumme, UK has gone for it on fourth down 124 times and made it 63 times.

    The 63 successes have helped lead to 34 touchdowns and six field goals for Kentucky. The 61 missed attempts have resulted in 19 touchdowns and two field goals on the ensuing opponent possessions.

    Kentucky has made 9 of 13 fake punts under Mumme.

    The Wildcats have made 10 of 15 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 519-492-44 (.513).

    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 results and schedule: 
    Mon. Sept. 18   Georgetown 42, UKJV 13 (A) 
    Mon. Sept. 25   Campbellsville  		postponed, weather
    Mon. Oct. 2     Georgetown 38, UKJV 14 (H)
    Mon. Oct. 9     at Eastern Kentucky  		cancelled 
    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 95-72-4 (.561) in Commonwealth since the stadium opened in 1973. Kentucky is 13-8 (.619) at home under Coach Hal 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, DE Grayson Smith and SS Patrick Wiggins. Mumme has awarded 17 scholarships to walk-ons while at UK.
  • 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 six national titles - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

    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 is seventh in the nation in passing offense, 311.7 yards per game, and 26th nationally in total offense, 413 yards per game UK is second in the SEC in both categories UK has led the SEC in passing offense all three previous seasons under Coach Hal Mumme.

    Offensive Line

    The offensive line has made progress since last season Rushing yardage is up 26 yards per game The Wildcats allowed 52 quarterback sacks last season, but only 13 so far this year.

    Matt Brown Starting left tackle has had injury problems this season 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 Dislocated his shoulder at Mississippi and is out indefinitely 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 six games Has handled the shotgun snap well.

    Aaron Daniel Fifth-year senior who is the utility reserve in the offensive line Can play center or either guard position.

    Nolan DeVaughn UK's starting center suffered a knee injury in the Louisville game and is lost for the season.

    Antonio Hall True freshman has started every game at right tackle One of the nation's most highly sought lineman prospects a year ago Has excellent musical aptitude, plays the piano, and is a gifted singer.

    Josh Parrish Has started five games, twice at left guard and three games at right guard Played every offensive snap of the 1999 season at right guard.

    Kip Sixbery Has started five 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 UK's only senior starter in the offensive line Moved from right 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 and has returned to left tackle since the Mississippi game as long as Brown is out with his dislocated shoulder Played every down of the 1999 season at right tackle One of four Wildcats who have graduated already and has his degree in social work.

    Tight Ends

    Chase Harp Reserve tight end has nine catches for 120 yards, including a long of 35 yards vs. Indiana Missed the Mississippi and South Carolina games because of a sprained ankle Came to UK as a quarterback and moved to tight end in the spring of 1999.

    Derek Smith Starting tight end is the team's leading receiver with 30 catches for 400 yards and four TDs Ranks fifth in the SEC with 4.3 receptions per game Had a career-high eight catches at Florida and a single-game best of 99 receiving yards at Louisville.

    Wide Receivers

    Derek Abney Shares the X receiver position with Quentin McCord Has 26 catches for 300 yards and three TDs Best game came vs. South Florida with five catches for 62 yards and two TDs Longest play this season was a 50-yard TD at Mississippi 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 15 catches for 194 yards and two TDs Missed the Mississippi game because of a strained hamstring.

    Bobby Blizzard Starting H receiver has caught 18 passes for 165 yards Has worked hard to lose approximately 20 pounds and improve his conditioning since arriving at UK in Jan. 1999.

    Neal Brown Shares the Z receiver position with Dougie Allen Has caught three passes for nine yards Nabbed his first collegiate touchdown on a two-yard catch against South Carolina.

    Anthony Kelly Reserve receiver has five catches for 37 yards Also does a great job covering punts and has six tackles this season.

    Quentin McCord Shares the X position with Derek Abney Has been a big-play receiver for the Wildcats with 26 receptions for 455 yards and two TDs, averaging 17.5 yards per catch Already has exceeded his reception and yardage totals from last season Has four plays of 45 yards or more this season.

    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 Missed the Mississippi and South Carolina games because of a strained hamstring, but returned for LSU 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 75 rushing yards Ranks 11th in school history with 1,625 rushing yards Fourth on the team in receptions with 24 for 202 yards Has 115 pass receptions in his career, ranking fourth in school history Coaches also have lauded his excellent blocking.

    Martez Johnson Got the starting call at fullback last week in the absence of injured Chad Scott Gained 53 yards on 11 carries at LSU and also caught three passes for 20 yards.

    Artose Pinner Started the first two games at fullback Came off the bench at Florida to rush for 125 yards on 17 carries, the first 100-yard game of his collegiate career Team's second leading rusher with 188 yards on 39 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt Also has nine receptions for 28 yards.

    Chad Scott True freshman got his first collegiate start in the Indiana game Team's leading rusher with 297 yards on 59 carries, averaging 5.0 per attempt, and has three touchdowns Rushed for 106 yards in the win over South Florida Gained 63 yards vs. Indiana and scored his first two collegiate touchdowns Rushed for 17 yards and a TD at Florida before sustaining a sprained ankle Had 170 yards against South Carolina, 85 rushing and 85 receiving, but sprained his other ankle and missed LSU.

    uarterbacks

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

    Jared Lorenzen Has completed 202 of 347 passes for 2,182 yards and 12 touchdowns Leads the nation in completions, is second in passing yardage and 11th in TD passes On the verge of breaking the SEC single-season record for passing yardage by a freshman, 2,261 yards by LSU's Tommy Hodson in 1986 Has thrown for at least 300 yards in five of seven games Named the SEC Player of the Week by USA Today following his performance in the season opener at Louisville His 382 passing yards and 388 yards of total offense against South Florida are the most this season by an SEC player 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 rushed for 160 yards, with a net of 68 yards after sack yardage deducted Has rushed for four touchdowns Has run the quarterback sneak 16 times this season, making 10 first downs and three touchdowns Has avoided several sacks because of his size and strength, which have enabled him to get rid of the ball despite pressure. Mark Perry Team's 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 are third in the SEC in quarterback sacks with 20 The Cats are tied for 11th nationally in fumble recoveries with 10 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 14 tackles, including a season high of four against Indiana Has 4.5 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 In September, was one of only four players chosen for the National High School Scholar-Athlete Award as selected by the National Football Foundation. He will receive his award at the annual NFF honors program in New York City in December.

    Chris Demaree Has 25 tackles Has played in all seven games, starting twice Has five tackles for loss (-21), including a sack at Louisville Is a cousin of Lonny Demaree, a sportswriter for the Community Voice newspaper in Lexington.

    Otis Grigsby Has played in every game and started four games since Dennis Johnson was sidelined by injury Has 12 tackles, including three quarterback sacks.

    Dennis Johnson Sidelined by a high ankle sprain in the Louisville game Has not played since the opener Second-team All-SEC performer last season.

    Matt Layow Senior end has played outstanding football so far this season Has 28 tackles Third on the team in total tackles for loss (10.5 for -47) and is second in quarterback sacks (4.5 for -33) 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 Dedicated to community service and is one of only 11 players in NCAA Division I-A chosen for the National Good Works Team as selected by the American Football Coaches Association.

    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 Has totaled 26 tackles on the season Has a knack for penetrating the offensive line and leads the team in tackles for loss with 11.5 for 48 yards, including three QB sacks (-24).

    John Robinson Moved into the starting lineup the last three games when the Wildcats switched to a five-man line Had a career-high five tackles, including one for loss, at LSU Has 13 tackles on the season.

    Nick Seitze Reserve defensive tackle has made nine tackles this season.

    Grayson Smith Began the season as a reserve tackle, then moved to end when Dennis Johnson was hurt in order to provide more depth Has made four tackles Reached the semifinals of the heavyweight division of the 2000 National Boxing Championships held in April.

    Linebackers

    Chris Gayton Was the starter at strongside linebacker until sustaining a sprained knee at Florida Missed two games and returned vs. LSU Has 21 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 Leads the team lead in tackles (64), tackles for loss (12.5 for 65), and quarterback sacks (5.5 for 39) 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 Also had two sacks at Florida Notched a career-high 17 tackles at Mississippi Has accounted for 197 yards of opponent losses during his career One of four Wildcats who has already graduated and has a degree in finance.

    Ryan Murphy Has started all seven games at middle linebacker Has 44 tackles, including three for loss Had a season-high 13 tackles at Mississippi and also caused a Rebel fumble Had 12 stops at LSU.

    Jamal White Sees action as the backup middle linebacker and at outside linebacker Has 15 tackles this season Had a season-high six stops against South Florida and LSU.

    Defensive Backs

    Willie Gary Now starting at free safety after starting the first two games at cornerback in place of the injured Kenneth Grant Has totaled 50 tackles and three pass breakups this season, second on the team in both categories Intelligent player who has played every position in the secondary during his career at UK Has 30 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 Has played in the last five games and has 11 tackles, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery.

    David Johnson Has played in seven games, including five starts at strong safety Fourth on the team in tackles with 36 and made a career-high 13 stops against Indiana Also had a pass breakup against the Hoosiers Has three tackles for loss (-5) 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 made a full recovery.

    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 Has 22 tackles and five pass breakups this season Has 24 pass breakups in his career, second on the school career list, just one short of the school record 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 Team's top reserve at cornerback earned his first start at LSU Has made 27 tackles this season Tied his career high with seven tackles vs. South Carolina and also had a fumble recovery.

    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 team's only interception of the season Second-team All-SEC last season when he had five interceptions and three pass breakups 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 14 tackles this season SEC Defensive Player of the Week last season in the bowl-clinching win at Vanderbilt.

    Special Teams

    Coleman Barnes Team's long snapper on punts and placekicks Had a high snap on his first extra point in the Louisville game, but has snapped well since In his first year on the varsity after playing for the junior varsity last season.

    Seth Hanson Team's 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 37.0 yards per punt, with five landing inside the 20-yard line Has made 7 of 8 field goal attempts, with a long of 40 yards, and is 16-16 on extra points Was the team's starting kicker in 1997 and 1998 before going through an injury redshirt season last year Has made 22 of 30 field goals in his career Holds UK career records for extra points made (94) and attempted (98) In 1998, set UK single-season records for extra points made (48) and attempted (51) and for most points made by a kicker (81) President of the school's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Named to the 1999 National Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association in honor of his community service.

    Clint Ruth True freshman who has shared kickoff duties with Brandon Sanders Has kicked off 23 times, with 16 returned, two out of bounds, and three touchbacks.

    Brandon Sanders Has shared kickoff duties with Clint Ruth Has kicked off 12 times, with 10 returned, one onside and one touchback Also handled placekicking against Louisville and made both extra point attempts.

    Kendrick Shanklin UK's primary kickoff and punt returner Averaging 22.6 on kickoff returns Averaging 1.2 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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