February 8, 2007

Signing Day: Offensive Analysis

Breaking down Kentucky's offensive signees in the Class of 2007:

With Andre Woodson returning for his senior season, Curtis Pulley expected to return to the team after a semester hiatus to address personal affairs and a pair of talented redshirt freshmen in Will Fidler and Michael Hartline on the depth chart, quarterback was not major priority for the Cats this year. However, the staff wants to sign at least one signal caller in each class, and they feel like they got a good one in Greenville (S.C.) standout Matt Lentz.

Lentz (6-3, 205, 4.7) has been coming to Lexington for UK's 7-on-7 passing tournament his entire prep career, so it gave the coaches several extended opportunities to scout him.

"We're as excited about Matt Lentz as we are about anybody," UK head coach Rich Brooks said. "This is a really good athlete that can run and throw. We had him in our camp, so we know his arm velocity, we know his athletic ability, we know his leadership skills already. He's nearly a 4.0 student.

"We're really excited about what he can do at quarterback, and while that's not an immediate need for us right now, we know that we've got a guy now separated from the other quarterbacks in our program right now in eligibility. In all likelihood he will redshirt, and then you set up a real good battle when Andre's done to see who's going to be your guy."

Brooks said the staff did not want to recruit two quarterbacks in this class. He believes that more than five on the roster is overcrowding, but did not want to get caught in another situation with "two or three" players at the position like he encountered in his second year at UK.

As a senior, Lentz completed 162 of 273 passes (59 percent) for 2,895 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,082 yards and 14 scores to earn votes as a finalist for "Mr. Football" in the Palmetto State. He accounted for 8,433 total yards and 106 touchdowns during his two years as the Red Raiders' starting quarterback.

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