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.”