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UK, Terry Wilson pay tribute to Jared Lorenzen before Kentucky’s matchup with Arkansas

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University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson wore a jersey with the No. 22 prior to UK’s kickoff against Arkansas, one of several tributes Saturday in honor of former Wildcats quarterback Jared Lorenzen.

Wilson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during Kentucky’s 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan in the second week of the season, said during the preseason that he would like to wear a jersey with the No. 22 during a game this season. It was the number worn by Lorenzen, who died in July.

UK honored Lorenzen with a tribute prior to Saturday’s kickoff. Members of Lorenzen’s family and Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks were among those on the field who were recognized as part of the ceremony. Highlights from Lorenzen’s playing days were shown on the video boards at Kroger Field while the UK marching band played “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Wilson also wore a No. 22 jersey in a pre-recorded video segment that played before kickoff. In the video he encouraged fans to “be loud” and to wave the commemorative towels that were distributed at the gates.

Lynn Bowden and Wilson each earlier this season wore cleats painted to honor Lorenzen during pregame warm-ups. Bowden in the first half of Kentucky’s game against Florida wore a No. 3 jersey in honor of Wilson.

Josh Moore is in his first year covering the University of Kentucky football team and in his fifth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.