Wildcats’ Coach, Mark Stoops, Remembers Jared Lorenzen at SEC Media Day
During this Thursday’s Southeastern Conference Media Day, Mark Stoops, head coach of the University of Kentucky, faced the media’s questions. Some of them regarded the recent passing of Jared Lorenzen, a legend of the Kentucky Wildcats. As a reminder, Lorenzen, popularly known amongst fans as Hefty Lefty, passed away in early July this year. Stoops, who primarily talked about the Wildcats’ 2019 season as a member of the SEC Network panel, reflected on Lorenzen’s career.
Talking to the media, Stoops said that Lorenzen was a true Kentucky legend who everybody could and still can relate to. Jared was very passionate about football from this state. Stoops went on to say that everyone develops a feeling towards Kentucky and that great people live there. In the coach’s words, the Big Blue Nation is proud of Lorenzen and all people loved him.
Lorenzen came of age in northern Kentucky, and, Stoops went on, if you watched his highlights, you’d realize what a great player he was. He was very light on his feet, especially for his build, and he could make runs, but also run people over. Stoops said that, as a coach, you love to have a player of Lorenzen’s mentality on the team, as he used to do everything available to him to win the game. There’s no doubt in the coach’s mind that he will be missed.
The Wildcats coach said that, although he knew Lorenzen, he wasn’t going to act like he knew him as much as people from the Bluegrass State. But what he could share with the media was that Lorenzen always expressed his passion for Kentucky football and athletics.
Lorenzen as a Player
Another member of the panel, Marcus Spears, SEC Network’s analyst, played for the LSU from 2001–04, at the same time when Lorenzen was part of the SEC, who played for Kentucky from 2000–03. Spears said that being Lorenzen’s opposition was a tough job. When you go on the pitch against him, Spears said, you could sense that he was “one hell of a football player.” As Spears claimed, Jared, with his power and robustness, could kill you on the field.
As a freshman, Lorenzen set an SEC record for passing, having completed 3,687 yards, which was a category in which he led the conference. During that season, he achieved impressive 528 yards versus Georgia, against whom he put his name on six different NCAA records! Lorenzen still holds a record for yards passed. His 10,354 yards are yet to be topped in the Kentucky football history.
Lorenzen is second when it comes to passing touchdowns for Kentucky’s football team. Moreover, he ranks as the fourth-best for passing yards in a single season as a quarterback for the Wildcats. The UK Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Lorenzen in 2015.
In 2008, Lorenzen won the Super Bowl ring as a New York Giant, while being a backup to Eli Manning. Upon his untimely passing, many have paid their tributes to the 6-foot-4 285-pound giant whose personality was bigger than his frame.
Hefty Lefty will probably receive honors during Kentucky’s season opener against Toledo. Terry Wilson, the Wildcats’ starting quarterback, asked to wear the number 22, instead of the regular number 3, in honor of Lorenzen. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, Stoops said he found that to be a great idea.
If you wish to offer your condolences, instead of sending flowers, Lorenzen’s family kindly asks to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Alternatively, you could make donations to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Better Health and Nutrition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Finally, another option is the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.