The Kentucky football community suffered a real tragedy this summer. Former UK and New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen, one of the most beloved former Wildcats out there, passed away at just 38 years old.
As you'd imagine, plenty of tributes have been planned for Lorenzen. Kentucky is currently opening its season against Toledo in Lexington.
The Wildcats are up 24-17 early in the fourth against the MAC power. The game has been pretty tough-fought so far.
At halftime, the Kentucky marching band paid touching tribute to the late Lorenzen.
During the show, the band formed Lorenzen's No. 22 at midfield.
Second-year starting quarterback Terry Wilson has taken it upon himself to pay respects to Lorenzen on the field. Earlier this off-season, he floated the idea of wearing Lorenzen's No. 22 for the opener.
He is in his normal No. 3 today, but is wearing custom-painted "Hefty Lefty" cleats.
He also had a very touching moment with Lorenzen's mom on the field during warm-ups.
Courier-Journal writer Jon Hale reports that Wilson wearing No. 22 is still on the table and being worked out. It sounds like the Oct. 12 date against Arkansas, when the program will be having its official tribute to Lorenzen, is the most likely game.
There will be no shortage of tributes to Jared Lorenzen this season in Lexington, and it is well deserved. He is probably the face of that program for many, even 15 years after his final game for the Wildcats.