It’s April 22 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 22 on their uniform.

Like Tuesday, we find so much talent that it was hard to choose three thus we had to leave off the late great Jerry Bird.

Mike Pratt (Men’s Basketball 1967-70)

In three seasons at Kentucky, Mike Pratt scored 1,359 points for the basketball Wildcats. Pratt earned All-SEC First Team honors in 1969 after averaging 16.8 points per game with 8.8. rebounds and 3.8 assists.

He again was named First Team All-SEC and also earned Second Team All-American honors in 1970 after averaging 19.2 points per game with 9.5 rebounds as he led Kentucky to the Elite Eight where they were defeated by Jacksonville.

Pratt now serves as a color commentator for UK Men’s Basketball games on the UK Sports Network.

He was enshrined in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jared Lorenzen (Football 2000-03)

Our next No. 22 is one of the best quarterbacks in Kentucky Football history. Jared Lorenzen spent four years as Kentucky’s starting quarterback and set six NCAA records, four SEC records and 11 school records for passing and total offense.

In 2000 he was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year after throwing for 3,687 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 140 yards and five scores.

Two years later, he earned second-team All-SEC Honors after throwing for 2,267 and 24 touchdowns. He also threw just five interceptions, which was a remarkable 16 pick decrease from his freshman season that saw him throw 21.

To this day, Lorenzen is Kentucky’s all-time passing leader (10,354 yards) and owns the single game passing record (528 yards).

After his college career Lorenzen served as the backup quarterback for the New York Giants and earned a Super Bowl ring in 2008 after New York knocked off the 18-0 New England Patriots.

He was enshrined in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Lorenzen died at the age of 38 in July of 2019.

Rafael Little (Football 2004-07)

Our final No. 22 claimed Lorenzen’s number the year after he left campus. Rafael Little put together an outstanding four-year career at Kentucky.

As a sophomore in 2005 Little, ran for 1,045 yards with nine touchdowns while adding 449 receiving yards. The following season he ran for 673 but added 392 receiving yards and scored five total touchdowns.

He finished his career with an outstanding senior season that saw him run for 1,013 yards, haul in 347 receiving yards and score four total touchdowns.

Little ranks fourth in UK program history in rushing yards with 2,996 only behind Benny Snell, Sonny Collins and Moe Williams.

 

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