Finally Some Respect for Kentucky Football, Maybe

After weeks of constant disrespect aimed towards Kentucky Football, we finally have some respect…well for at least one player. Lynn Bowden was named as one of the top 50 most underrated players in the nation. Lynn Bowden was a main piece of the offense last season and on the punt return squad, especially against Penn State. Bowden is a stud and as he enters his junior year, all of us are expecting a breakout season to coincide nicely with Terry Wilson, AJ Rose, and Smoke. So with one sign of respect, it’s obvious more disrespect follows, right?

Yesterday, the Kentucky Football over/under was set at 6.5 which would symbolize them making a bowl game, right? Wrong. Phil Steele continues to shove hate towards us and says we won’t make a bowl. First off, their schedule is a tad easier than last season. They have their rivals, Louisville, Florida, and Tennessee at home while traveling to Mississippi State, Georgia, and South Carolina. Kentucky will win four of those six games…with losses probably coming to Georgia and Mississippi State if I had to guess. But our good pal Phil claims Kentucky will only win five games and he states that the loss of our defense is too major to recover yet Mark Stoops has had an inexperienced defense every season besides last and we’ve still been able to reach the seven wins. But this year is different, mainly because our offense is so much better.

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While the disrespect is in the records, more Football analyst throw shade towards Terry. Terry has been ranked last in the SEC due to “inconsistency” yet he led Kentucky Football to a 10 win season, a rarity in the Bluegrass. Terry Wilson has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is tall, athletic, and can run the RPO offense which the NFL seems to be leaning towards. He has the arm to make the downfield threat but you really never know where his ball will go. He has experienced the lowest of lows, including his season opener against Central Michigan where he went 11-18 with only 78 yards and 2 interceptions but he also has had his highlights when he beat Florida at the Swamp by throwing two touchdowns and running for one more. Terry has shown he has what it takes, especially against Kentucky’s rival opponents. To say he is the worst quarterback in the SEC after he led Kentucky into the Swamp to defeat Franks and the Gators to end a long streak. To have Franks ranked above Terry is just as disrespectful as having Terry last.

Say what you want about Kentucky Football, but it’s on the rise. Kentucky will shock a ton of people this season, so let’s just enjoy the ride and embrace the hate. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @soft7sports and on Facebook

Some Things are Bigger than Rivalries

As all of Big Blue Nation know, Jared Lorenzen passed away last week after a battle with kidney and heart issues along with an infection. The 38 year old is one of the most beloved Kentucky Football players of all time and his love for Kentucky Football made the transition to college easier for tons of players, including Maxwell Smith whom Lorenzen took under his wing. But one thing no one expected…former Louisville players are helping out with funeral cost.

Jamon Brown, Deion Branch, and Chris Redman are helping Lorenzen’s family by helping pay for the funeral for the former Wildcat star. All three of these men also played with Jared in the NFL. Brown is donating $5,000 himself and when asked why, he said “We wanted to be an example of how, no matter if you played for the blue or the red, how important it is for us to come together and support one another, both in and out of sports,” Brown told Forbes.com. “The rivalry between the schools is intense, and it’s great, but at the end of the day, all that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you remember that we’re all in this game of life together, whether you played for the blue or the red.” This just goes to show that some things are bigger than rivalries.

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Lorenzen was an example of how everyone should live. He never took a day for granted saying, “life’s too short to cry about stuff. So get out there laugh, smile, and have fun doing it.” If you want to find a way to donate to his cause, Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio has started a fund to help his kids get to college. More information is coming and keep an eye on KSR and Matt’s twitter to see how you can help.

One last thing on this…you may hate Louisville and believe me I do too, but this is a prime example of class and how some things are just bigger than sports. So thank you to these Louisville players, you’ve shown your class and your respect. Rest easy 22.

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Patrick Towles Reveals Handwritten Letter He Received from Jared Lorenzen

Patrick Towles has looked up to Jared Lorenzen his entire life. Both having gone to school and played quarterback at Ft. Thomas Highlands High School, Patty Ice knew exactly who he would want to mentor him on his way to playing football at Kentucky. It is a truly special moment when you find someone on the same path as you. After Jared’s passing a few days ago, Patrick decided to share this handwritten letter he received from Hefty Lefty when he was just a sophomore in high school.

Game recognize game.

There is something so special about handwritten letters. Those simple yet powerful mementos that the author never realizes the impact of. I am sure Towles held this close to him since the day he received it and even closer now that tragedy has struck.

Thank you for sharing, Patrick. I know you made Jared proud.

Terry Wilson Trying to Pay Tribute

Terry Wilson has been at the helm of the Wildcats for the past season and it’s going to take a miracle for him not be be there again this season. Now, I have never been a true fan of Terry due to his inconsistency but everything seems to be changing. On Wednesday, Kentucky legend Jared Lorenzen passed away with heart and kidney complications as well as an infection. There has been tons of messages relayed the last few days, including some from our rival Louisville. All of the current players shared a message but Terry Wilson may take it a step further.

Now Terry has gotten a lot of disrespect, including being ranked as the worst SEC QB which is just absurd. Terry Wilson has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is tall, athletic, and can run the RPO offense which the NFL seems to be leaning towards. He has the arm to make the downfield threat but you really never know where his ball will go. He has experienced the lowest of lows, including his season opener against Central Michigan where he went 11-18 with only 78 yards and 2 interceptions but he also has had his highlights when he beat Florida at the Swamp by throwing two touchdowns and running for one more. Terry has shown he has what it takes, especially against Kentucky’s rival opponents. To say he is the worst quarterback in the SEC after he led Kentucky into the Swamp to defeat Franks and the Gators to end a long streak. To have Franks ranked above Terry is just as disrespectful as having Terry last.

If Terry Wilson is able to pull this off, how beloved will he be? Kentucky will definitely have a ceremony on before their opening kick and may even wear some “22” stickers but if Terry Wilson changes his number for a game that would be the sign of ultimate respect and a way for him to win over some fans. As for Lorenzen, he was the one that got me into Kentucky Football. The “Hefty Lefty” inspired many and lived the dream of any player raised in Kentucky. Wic wrote a piece on him the other day (here) but our continued thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. In 2016, he said “Life’s too short to cry about stuff. So get out there laugh, smile, and have fun doing it.” So let’s take those words and live on. See you on the other side 22.

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Best Memories of Jared Lorenzen

It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to a Kentucky football legend, Jared Lorenzen, at the age of 38.

He may be gone, but Hefty Lefty holds a special place in the hearts of every Wildcat fan that got to see him play. He will not only be remembered for his stature and tenure as Kentucky’s QB, but also for his plethora of nicknames that made him an instant crowd favorite including Pillsbury Throwboy, Hefty Lefty, the Abominable Throwman, J-Load, and my personal favorite, the Round Mound of Touchdown.

So, I feel like the best way to honor him is to look back on his life and relive his greatest moments. His 4 touchdown game versus Louisville, the 7 overtime game against Arkansas and his Super Bowl victory as a backup against the undefeated Patriots are just some that come to mind.

Even though Kentucky lost this game, this was the most heart I had ever seen anyone play with in a Kentucky uniform. Inspiring.

Rest easy, Jared.