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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

WATCH: Kentucky band forms No. 22 to honor Jared Lorenzen

Saturday afternoon marked the first time that the Kentucky Wildcats took the football field after the passing of former quarterback and fan favorite Jared Lorenzen. Tributes to Lorenzen were abundant at Kroger Field during the game.

Several Wildcats wore cleats that honored Lorenzen's memory, and the band payed tribute to him during the halftime show. During their performance, the Wildcat Marching Band formed the number 22, which is the one Lorenzen donned during his playing days in Lexington. The former Kentucky signal caller died from heart problems on July 3, and the entire Kentucky community has paid its respects to him.

On October 4th at David Cecil Memorial Stadium in Fort Thomas, Highlands will retire #22 and the UK Marching Band will play.

RELATED: Highlands to retire Jared Lorenzen's #22 on October 4, 2019

Current Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson initially wanted to wear the No. 22 for Saturday's Week 1 game against Toledo, but instead he chose to wear cleats in Lorenzen's honor. Wilson's blue and white cleats feature Lorenzen's nickname, "Hefty Lefty," and a pair of angel wings around the No. 22. Wilson told Kentucky Sports Radio that he knew he had to pay tribute to Lorenzen after learning about his impact on the program.

“Coming to Kentucky and seeing all the history that he made, and all the big games he went through, and all that he did for this program, it was huge,” Wilson said, via KSR. “So when I saw Jared’s passing, I felt like I had to do something. I felt like I needed to show my honor and respect for him and his family and this university.”

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