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2003 PREVIEW: Kentucky Wildcats

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Many might question the hiring of Rich Brooks as the new head coach, but there might not be much of a question that the Wildcats will be one of the better coached teams in the country with a sensational assembly of assistants. Former head coach Mike Archer will be the defensive coordinator, 's Ron Hudson will handle the offense, and former Utah head coach Ron McBride will coach the linebackers. These three are the stars of a great coaching staff that has the pedigree to do a fantastic job. While Brooks isn't the type of a young head coach that brings in a bunch of new enthusiasm, he should do a good enough job to keep the momentum of last season going.

Team Information
Head coach: Rich Brooks
1st year
19th season overall: 91-104-4
Returning Lettermen: 61
Lettermen Lost: 24
Ten Best Players
1. QB , Sr.
2. OT , Sr.
3. KR/WR , Sr.
4. DE Vincent Burns. Jr.
6. SS , Jr.
6. DE , Sr.
7. OG , Jr.
8.C Nick Steitze, Sr.
9. QB , Jr.
10. CB , Sr.
2003 Schedule
8/31
9/6 Murray State
9/13 at
9/20 at
9/27
10/11 at So Carolina
10/18
10/25 Miss St
11/1
11/15 at
11/22 at
11/29
In the star-studded SEC, UK has its share of big-time players. Quarterback , kick returner and tackle are as good as any players in the league. 2002 wasn't a fluke. UK will throw a couple of major scares into the big boys on the schedule and will pull off a few big wins. However, this team isn't looking to simply scare anyone; it wants to win. It scared , and Florida last year and could've won all three games. Don't expect to go back to the days of being an SEC pushover any time soon. The Schedule: It's not that bad. The non-conference slate is light and squishy going against , Murray State, and Ohio. If you're going to play teams from the SEC West, you might as well miss and . The SEC East is always going to be tough, but Florida and come to Lexington. Best Offensive Player: Senior QB . Tackle is a close second, but Lorenzen is the player that makes the offense go. He cut down on his passes and mistakes last year while boosting up his production. After three years under center, he's become a great decision maker. Best Defensive Player: Junior Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns. One of the better pass rushers on the team, Burns should be even more productive this season. He finished last year with 14.5 tackles for loss, 66 tackles and three sacks. Key player to a successful season: Running backs and Arliss Beach. With gone, needs to replace the production in the running game so teams can't just play Lorenzen and the pass. The season will be a success if: UK finishes with seven wins again. The talent is there to the Wildcats to have a big season and the schedule isn't all that bad. UK should sweep through the non-conference schedule meaning it has to win three SEC games. That shouldn't be a problem. Key game: September 27th vs. Florida. always seems to play the Gators tough, but it isn't able to come away with the win. Florida is still about a year away from being a superpower again, so the Wildcats need to take advantage of the home game. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Penalties: UK 106 for 836 yards - Opponents 87 for 785
  • UK first downs: Rushing 100 - Passing 99
  • Turnovers: Opponents 29 - UK 19
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Emanuel Harrell WR 5-11 185 LaGrange, Ga. (HS)
    First-team all-state wide receiver in talent-rich Georgia his senior year ... Caught 35 passes for 637 yards and eight touchdowns ... Also had 19 rushing plays on end-arounds, sweeps, etc., for 282 yards, a 14.8-yard average, and five touchdowns ... Three-year starter at LaGrange (Ga.) HS, the same program that produced former UK wide receiver and current Atlanta Falcon Quentin McCord ... Helped LaGrange to a three-year record of 37-2, including a Class AAA state championship his junior year ... Caught a school-record 14 passes in the 2001 state championship game and blocked a punt that set up the game-winning touchdown in LaGrange's 22-19 title victory over Cedartown ... Team lost to the eventual state champ in his other two seasons ... Career stats feature 83 receptions for 1,508 yards and 15 TDs ... Had 27 rushing plays in his career for 363 yards and seven TDs ... Used his quickness and speed to block approximately 10 kicks during his career Ricky Abren DL 6-2 265 Hopkinsville, Ky. (HS)
    Brad Booker LB 6-2 225 Smith's Grove, Ky. (Bowling Green HS)
    Keenan Burton WR-DB 6-2 180 , Ky. (DuPont Manual HS)
    Draak Davis RB 5-7 170 Vallejo, Calif. (HS/Solano CC)
    Travis Day DE 6-3 258 Columbus, Ga. (Carver HS)
    Dallas Greer DB 6-1 186 Pineville, Ky. (Bell County HS)
    TE 6-5 245 St. George, (Timpview HS/Dixie JC)
    Jan Jorgenson LB 6-3 235 Helper, (Carbon HS)
    Dominic Lewis FB-TE 6-3 210 Radcliff, Ky. (John Hardin HS)
    *John Logan WR 6-0 178 Lexington, Ky. (Catholic HS)
    Maurice Marchman WR 6-0 186 , Ky. (Ballard HS)
    Delaine Means DL 6-5 285 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Avondale HS)
    Joe Schuler LB 6-3 235 Evansville, Ind. (Central HS)
    TE-LB 6-5 245 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah HS)
    Jacob Tamme WR-DB 6-5 205 Danville, Ky. (Boyle County HS)
    Paul Webb OL 6-4 298 Paintsville, Ky. (Johnson Central HS)
    Durrell White LB 6-3 250 Middlesboro, Ky. (HS)
    Roger Williams DB 6-0 185 Rockmart, Ga. (HS)
    Leroy Wilson WR-DB 6-4 195 , Ky. (Warren County HS)
    Andre Woodson QB 6-5 225 Radcliff, Ky. (North Hardin HS)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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