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Jared Lorenzen: Wildcats just “need the quarterback to be good”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jared Lorenzen believes offensive coordinator Neal Brown knows “exactly” what he wants in a starting quarterback.

“I don’t know what that is and nobody does by Neal and coach (Mark) Stoops,”  Lorenzen said. “They are looking for whatever in this guy, but they know what that is. Everybody shows a little something different, but who can do something the most consistent and that is the guy who will probably get the reins at quarterback to start the season.

“We are a quarterback away. That is where Kentucky football is. We have running backs. We are building a line, wide receivers. The defense is good. We just need the quarterback to be good.”

Lorenzen likes the way Brown’s offense runs the ball more than the offense did when he played under former UK coach Hal Mumme. But Lorenzen also knows when Brown said Reese Phillips was the “most consistent” quarterback for the majority of spring practice was a big statement even if Towles did fare the best in the Blue-White Game that ended spring practice.

“To say he was the most consistent is awesome,” Lorenzen said. “You have to walk around feeling good, especially Reese because nobody is talking about him. He is that guy hiding in the background and that other quarterback who could be putting himself exactly where he needs to be. He’s the perfect backup right now and I would love to see him playing against the best in the SEC.”

Lorenzen likes how Phillips doesn’t rattle.

“He doesn’t lose his cool. He really doesn’t. He has this matter of fact attitude about him and is pretty unflappable,” Lorenzen said. “I don’t see him yelling and screaming. He’s so even keeled that I respect the hell out of him. That is so hard to do. It’s so hard to get sacked or make a bad play and get up like everything is fine when you are so mad.”

Lorenzen said Barker still “got a ton of attention” during spring practice like Towles did.

“The person having the attention focused on Pat helped the most was Reese. He’s never talked about, but he can play,” Lorenzen said. “The positive for Drew is that he puts so much pressure on himself that he wants every throw to be completion. That’s why you rarely see him throw a pass away.

“One thing he will learn is that you don’t throw 10-point touchdowns and not every play has to be a big play. He will learn that. That is the fun part of being young. I threw 21 interceptions as a freshman.”

 

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  1. Edward

    The Quarterback needs to be a real cool head and leader who can rally this team. If that individual is # 12, Reese Phillips, then let’s go with him. Tallyho and let’s put the SEC foxes on the run! Go Big Blue!

  2. Ira

    I want the best QB out there. Don’t care if it is Phillips, Barker, or Towles. I want the best QB out there that gives us the BEST chance to win. Our QB whomever he is needs to play smart, moves the chains, let the plays develop and not force things. We so don’t need another 2-10 season

  3. RJ

    Finally someone recognizes what we have been talking about here on the board for a long time. Philips could be a sleeper.

    It’s hotter than the blazes of you know where hear in SC but I’m ready for some UK football! Get this wagon and team hitched and let’s go big blue….

  4. Woohop

    Yes, Phillips may be the most consistent. But what does that really mean. Can he stretch the field to keep the defense from stacking the box on every play? Does consistent mean he can successfully complete flare and 10 yard passes? We need a QB that can make “the big play” when we need it……that is Towles. We need a vocal leader who can kick- ass when we need it. We need a QB who can get the other players jazzed up to excel. We don’t need a QB who quietly performs as Lorenzen says Philips does the job. We need Towles to takes to the dance!!

  5. Woohop

    Yes, Phillips may be the most consistent. But what does that really mean. Can he stretch the field to keep the defense from stacking the box on every play? Does consistent mean he can successfully complete flare and 10 yard passes? We need a QB that can make “the big play” when we need it……that is Towles. We need a vocal leader who can kick- ass when we need it. We need a QB who can get the other players jazzed up to excel. We don’t need a QB who quietly performs as Lorenzen says Philips does the job. We need Towles to take us to the dance!!

    1. Larry Pup

      We need whoever wins the job, whoever that is. We need whoever these coaches say is the starter. Then we all need to get behind that QB. We should not make this a “my favorite” decision. None of us have seen these players enough to make that choice, coaches have.

    2. Ira

      Woohoo,

      Consistent means the guy making the most completions. Moving the chains constantly. Getting the offense to the red zone and punching it in. Consistent.

      Yes Towles looked great on that 2min drive in the first half, but Phillips did it right during spring practice. I want the guy that gets it done on the field every day, not just a 2 min drive.

      1. RJ

        I’m with you Ira. In reality we’re going to see a QB change after the season gets started anyway. None of these guys have any real game experience even when you consider Towles playing time under Joker. That’s not what I would call experience. Nightmare maybe but not experience.

        It doesn’t matter how far you can throw it. But it does matter how many times you get completions. To quote a high school coach I once played for,” If you don’t throw a catchable ball, you ain’t going to play.”

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