Sunday, April 27, 2003
UK unveils two-headed QB
Lorenzen, Boyd make the offense go
By Murray Evans
The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Having two quarterbacks on the field at the same time is growing on new Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks, especially after watching Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd perform in the Wildcats' annual Blue-White Game on Saturday.
The Blue team, which included the first-team offensive and defensive players, posted an easy 38-0 win over the White team of reserves at Commonwealth Stadium.
The game served as the last practice of the spring for the Wildcats.
Lorenzen, a senior who received second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors last season, split time with Boyd on the Blue team. Boyd, a junior, displayed his versatility by sometimes lining up at tailback or receiver when Lorenzen was in the game. Lorenzen even lined up wide a few times while Boyd took the snaps.
Lorenzen connected with Boyd on the longest play of the game, a 58-yard second-quarter strike that set up the Blue team's third touchdown.
The 6-4, 275-pound Lorenzen completed 16 of 23 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown, rushed four times for 21 yards and another score and even caught one pass for 6 yards. Boyd, a 6-2, 239-pounder, completed 5 of 9 passes for 79 yards and rushed seven times for 30 yards.
"There are some interesting combinations Kentucky fans can look forward to seeing next year," Brooks said. "It's a work in progress. We are just experimenting with some things (with the quarterbacks). I don't think we've scratched the surface yet. I do feel encouraged about those two guys. That (position) is one of the strengths of this football team."
Both players said they were fine with the shared responsibilities and the new offense installed by Brooks and offensive coordinator Ron Hudson. Hudson spent the last eight seasons at Kansas State, where he coached mobile quarterbacks like Michael Bishop and Ell Roberson.
"It gives the quarterback more freedom to do whatever they want, so I'm excited about it," Lorenzen said.
Boyd said he preferred playing quarterback, but that "I plan to be on the field a whole lot," whether at QB, tailback or receiver.
"That's in the arsenal," he said. "I've been blessed with the athletic ability to do other things, but my heart is at quarterback."
Senior Derek Abney, a first-team All-America selection as a kick returner last season, when Kentucky finished 7-5, led the Wildcats' receivers with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Alexis Bwenge, who backed up SEC offensive player of the year Artose Pinner in 2002, led all rushers with 64 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
Brooks said Kentucky's major area of concern is its punt game, both the snapping and kicking. The three punters - Sevin Sucurovic, Ellery Moore and Anthony Thorn - averaged 38.4 on seven punts. One punt was tipped and several others nearly were.
There were no major injuries during the scrimmage, Brooks said.
RUSHING-B-Bwenge 12-64 3TD, Boyd 7-30, Johnson 3-22, Lorenzen 4-21, Deach 4-4; W-Lumley 6-30, Maragas 2-11, Calico 2-6, Monquan 4-5, Sprowles 3-5, Bartos 2-2.
PASSING: B-Lorenzen 23-16-1-297, Boyd 9-5-0-79; W-Lumley 4-1-0-12, McCaslin 3-1-0-7, Barclay 2-1-0-6.
RECEIVING: B-Abney 8-112 TD, Bolt 3-68, Cook 2-49, Bwenge 2-30, Gaffron 2-18, Boyd 1-58, Johnson 1-35, Myers 1-6, Lorenzen 1-6; W-Greunke 1-12, Gravious 1-7, Knight II 1-6.
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