Juco All-American visits this weekend
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Lorenzen, a native of Eddyville, Iowa, committed to Iowa State but decided to transfer when the Cyclones switched him to wide receiver. At Palomar, a strong Juco program that won three national titles in the 1990s, he was named first-team All-American after throwing for 2,960 yards and 26 touchdowns with only three interceptions in 11 games. He also rushed for 836 yards and eight TDs to lead the nation in total offense.
"He’s pretty dynamic," Palomar head coach Joe Early said on Thursday. "He’s a really good athlete and whoever ends up getting him will be very happy with him."
Palomar has sent dozens of players to major college football and the NFL (Tom Dempsey, who holds the record for longest NFL field goal at 63 yards, is its most famous alum). Lorenzen is the program's seventh All-American quarterback. Others to receive that honor went to play at programs like Arizona State, Oregon, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.
"Right now, he’s just weighing his options," Early said. "He knows all about UConn and their facilities. A lot of Southern California guys aren’t willing to go play where its cold, but he’s not that type. He grew up in Iowa, and isn’t afraid to move to the east coast."
Palomar runs a diverse offense that includes multiple offenses. Early described it as a quasi-West Coast offense that was conducive for a good, smart athlete like Lorenzen to flourish. Asked if Lorenzen is ready to step in and play right away at a major college, Early said yes.
"If he gets into the right type of offense, he should," Early said. "Our offense was pretty diverse and more progressive than other schools. He’s smart, knows how to read defenses and will continue to grow in that regard. He played Division I as a wide receiver, so he knows what it takes."
Early said Lorenzen doesn't have any other visits set up of yet. But he had just gotten off the phone with coaches at Baylor, who were inquiring about him, and has also sent tape to Houston and Mississippi State.
On to the picks. I went 5-4-1 last week. Manny and UConnHuskies86 also had 5-4-1 records to tie. My season record is now 63-65-6. This is the final week, but I will put together a bowl pool once we know all the matchups.
Game 1: UConn (+27.5) over LOUISVILLE. I think the Huskies can score 20 points on the Cards D. That means Brohm and Co. would need to score 48 points to cover. A distinct possibility, but I like UConn's chances to cover.
Game 2: Rutgers (+10) over WEST VIRGINIA. The 'Neers will win it on the field, but expect Rutgers to cover.
Game 3: Wake Forest (+2.5) over GEORGIA TECH. Hard to believe this is the same Wake team UConn should have beaten at the Runway back in September. Take away the 29-yard field goal miss and blown extra-point kick (not one of Matt Nuzie's finest moments), and that game is going to overtime at the very least. Now, the Deacons are a game away from winning the ACC title.
Game 4: NAVY (-20.5) over Army. Always one of the best games to watch on TV, at least until Navy pulls ahead by 40 at halftime.
Game 5: Southern California (-14) over UCLA. Who would have thought Pete Carroll would emerge as THE premier coach in college football back when he was bumbling his way to four forgettable seasons as head coach with the Jets and Pats?
Game 6: FLORIDA (-3) over Arkansas. Congrats to Darren McFadden, a finalist for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's player of the year along with Troy Smith, Colt Brennan, Steve Slaton and Brady Quinn. Too bad he won't win.
Game 7: OKLAHOMA (-4) over Nebraska. Is it just me or is every Big 12 team boring and bland?
Game 8: HAWAII (-7.5) over Oregon State. Colt Brennan hasn't thrown for less than 296 yards in a game this season, and has a streak of four straight with at least 400. He's also thrown for five or more touchdowns in SEVEN games so far. Unreal.
Game 9: CALIFORNIA (-28.5) over Stanford. What the hell happened to Stanford?
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