UK's Lorenzen competing in All-Star Challenge

January 30, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Jared Lorenzen won't be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl in Houston, but the University of Kentucky quarterback is participating today in a competition that will be shown on Fox Sports Sunday.

Lorenzen was one of eight college football players picked to compete in the 2004 Capital One College Football All-Star Challenge at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

While the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots have been busy this week preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl in Houston, Lorenzen and the other seven college players have been entertained the last two days leading up to today's competition.

"It's really a nice honor to be here competing," said Kimberly Smith, the media contact for the all-star challenge. "We have an internal committee that chooses the best players from the 2003 college season that we really wanted."


Current National Football League players who have participated in this event are quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, Quincy Carter and Patrick Ramsey along with running back Edgerrin James and receiver Charles Rogers.

Joining Lorenzen in this year's competition are Texas receiver Roy Williams, Notre Dame running back Julius Jones, Washington receiver Reggie Williams, Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker, Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, Pittsburgh quarterback Rod Rutherford and Michigan running back Chris Perry, a Heisman Trophy nominee last season.

Lorenzen's teammate today was scheduled to be Williams. The players are split into four teams to compete in these events:

* Capital One Aerial Assault: Quarterbacks test their accuracy at moving targets from different distances.

* Marines Obstacle Rush: Receivers and running backs navigate through a series of football-related obstacles.

* Mitsubishi Throw Down: Quarterbacks attempt to land the ball in a specific area.

* Quick Delivery: Receivers and running backs team up with their quarterback in a test of route running, speed and passing accuracy.

The other teams are Smoker-Perry, Williams-Clausen and Rutherford-Jones.

Dick Stockton, Bill Maas and Jason Garrett will provide the commentary on Fox Sports telecast that starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Demaree at Super Bowl: Former UK defensive lineman Chris Demaree is with the Carolina Panthers in Houston this week..

He was signed as a practice squad player by the Panthers on Dec. 24. He's practicing with the team this week but cannot play in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Demaree had 103 tackles from 1998-2001, including 18 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He was not drafted, but made the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and played two games before he was released. He was on Chicago's practice team before he was picked up by the Chargers.

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