A University of Kentucky athlete has won two consecutive SEC Player of the Week awards, and neither one plays for Tubby Smith.
UK junior quarterback Jared Lorenzen completed 10 of 17 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcat's 77-17 win over UTEP last Saturday and was subsequently named SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
Place kicker Taylor Begley won the SEC Special Teams player of the Week Award following Kentucky's season-opening upset win at then-No. 18 Louisville, and the Wildcats have back-to-back SEC football player of the week honors for the first time since 1986.
Kentucky's 2-0 start has augmented requests for tickets as well, as 2,500 single-game tickets were sold Monday alone. The Wildcats host rival Indiana at 7 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
Florida left the Swamp after Saturday's 41-16 thumping by the No. 1 and defending national champion Miami Hurricanes bruised, battered and bothered. And that was just their bodies. Their egos have to hurt much worse.
But, with typical Gator swagger, head coach Ron Zook found a silver lining and said his club would bounce back.
"I wouldn't describe this as my worse nightmare," Zook said. "Any coach in this position, it's going to happen sooner or later. Mine happened sooner. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.
"I'm confident this team will do the things we need to do to get (the problems) corrected. We're going to work and we're going to get better."
If the Gators want to right the ship, they'll have to do it fast. After a game Saturday with Ohio University, UF has to come to Neyland Stadium on Sept. 21 and play No. 4 Tennessee.
Lou Holtz may not have been exaggerating when he gave his annual preseason "how bad we are" speech for his South Carolina Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks looked sloppy and disorganized in a 34-21 loss at previously winless Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday night.
When told at the post-game press conference that his team committed seven turnovers to a suspect UVA defense, Holtz said: "Is that all? It seemed like more."
"I just hope the guys will still have faith in me to be their quarterback," said Corey Jenkins, who was responsible for four of the seven turnovers.
Alas, in Gamecock Country, the road doesn't appear to get any easier - for now, at least. The No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs visit Columbia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
- compiled by Wesley Rucker
'Cats on fire; Swamp still reeks
Published: Wed Sep 11, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:27 p.m.