Honestly, how many of you knew who Georgia's second-string quarterback was before last week?
I'm guessing not many. UGA head coach Jim Donnan probably had to check his depth chart to see who was in line after his starter for four years, Quincy Carter, went down with a shoulder injury.
Enter Cory Phillips.
The redshirt sophomore deserved to get some recognition as SEC Player of the Week in that he outdueled a red-hot Jared Lorenzen in a come-from-behind win, and on the road no less, to Kentucky.
Phillips threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in the 34-30 win.
Carter is expected to be back for the Dawgs when they face Florida this Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., in the World's Largest Cocktail Party.
The attack of the giant QB
On the flip side of the surprising performance by UGA's Cory Phillips against Kentucky, was the record-breaking performance of Jared Lorenzen.
The Ft. Thomas, Ky., native, who resembles an offensive lineman more than a quarterback at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, set a new UK school record for passing yards as he threw for 528 yards and two touchdowns.
Lorenzen also added a 10-yard TD scamper in the first quarter.
The effort ironically comes after Lorenzen nearly didn't start the game for the Cats after sustaining a thumb injury last Thursday. He said the thumb didn't bother him much in the 34-30 loss to UGA.
The pain wasn't obvious.
Clausen vs. Clausen in 2001?
When Louisiana State travels to meet Tennessee in Neyland Stadium on September 29, 2001, it could be a matchup of Clausen versus Clausen, a meeting of elder brother against younger brother.
Perhaps UT's Casey against LSU's Rick.
Granted Rick Clausen will have to wade through looming quarterback controversies with the current Tiger QBs, juniors Rohan Davey and Josh Booty. And Casey Clausen's job security isn't exactly set in stone either for that matter, but it's a fun thing to think about.
The younger Clausen, who was in attendance at the Alabama-Tennessee game last Saturday said that he plans on going to LSU in January, very much the same way that his brother came to Tennessee a semester early.
I have seen what a difference (going early has) made for Casey, Rick Clausen said of his brother's decision. He wouldn't have gotten the chance to be a part of this so quick if he hadn't have gone early.
Clausen, who flew directly into Knoxville after his high school game at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., said his decision to go to LSU over Kentucky came down to the promise he saw in the program.
I really like (Tiger head coach) Nick Saban and I saw that they were really committed to winning. I wanted to be a part of that, he said. I liked the school and that's where I want to be.
Complied by Travis Haney
Published: Wed Oct 25, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:18 p.m.