It’s no secret Jared Lorenzen is a legend among Kentuckians and members of the BBN worldwide. However, the UK football family extends far beyond the Bluegrass State. UK’s defensive unit met with the media Wednesday evening, and many of them were able to weigh in on Lorenzen and how much he continues to mean to the program and to those within it.
“We definitely want to go out and play to get the win, but [also] to show out one time for him,” TJ Carter, who’s from Georgia, said Wednesday. “It’s sad to see a legend like that go, but he’s definitely a part of the program. It’s definitely important to come out and play hard for him.”
One of Carter’s fellow Georgia natives, defensive end Calvin Taylor, agrees.
“We’re a family here; Big Blue Nation is a family. Just being here is like a fraternity and losing one of our brothers just gives you that much more to play for,” Taylor said. “He was a real good guy; just being around here, he was really a fan. He always spoke positive about us. Just going out there and honoring him is really important to us.”
Max Duffy isn’t even from this country and he understands the impact Jared Lorenzen continues to have on the University of Kentucky and all those who love it. He hopes these same people, members of the BBN who love Jared, will come to the game to show support for Lorenzen and the team’s current roster.
“Hopefully people come out to the game. I know all of the guys are trying their best. We haven’t obviously started the season the way we wanted to, but it’s great when the crowd comes out and supports us,” Duffy said. “Hopefully we honor him in the right way and just give great effort and give all we can do. We can’t guarantee a result, but we can guarantee our effort.”
In terms of his own effort, Duffy is clearly willing to go above and beyond.
“I saw the over-the-head pass he did – that’s cool,” Duffy laughed. “I’m going to have to try and kick it over my head or something to pay my respects.”
Check out the team’s full responses and reactions to the Jared Lorenzen tribute game here, from the KSR Youtube channel.