It’s your turn Morgan Newton…

Posted: June 30, 2011 by kysco in Kentucky Football
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This article was written by Tyler Bloyd, a contributor with KentuckySports.co.

One thing heading in the right direction for the UK football program heading towards the 2011 season is recruiting, Joker Phillips and company are getting commitments left and right from good players who will be impact guys down the road, but another thing that needs to go positive, and do so soon is the change of reins at QB.

Some might be happy that former Cat Mike Hartline has graduated, he was always the guy that was “loved to be hated”  by some fans even though he had a good career despite an injury and violations and are welcoming in junior Morgan Newton with open arms.

Newton is no stranger to the program, having started a conewton2uple games during the 2009 season and most recently filling in for suspended Hartline in the BBVA Compass bowl this past January, losing to Pittsburgh 27-10. Now other than those few games we have not been able to see him run a team, or be the guy. He has not been able to get in the flow of a full season and show his true talents, during his high school career at Carmel IN, he accumulated 4000+ passing yards with 37 touchdowns, and tagging on 2000+ rushing yards and again 37 touchdowns. These huge numbers earned him All-American honors from Parade, The Sporting News, ESPN/Rise Magazine and SuperPrep. He also led his team to 3 state championships and named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Indiana his senior season. So the guy has raw talent, he can throw darts, and pound the ball on the ground for that 3rd and short situation, and now is his time to finally show his talents. He will, and has been be able to do so from day one with no competition which is always a good thing mentally for a younger guy, and if he develops a leadership roll, that this offense desperately needs, we could see good things to come from him. So let’s cheer on our quarterback, because he is MY QUARTERBACK, T.O! and I CAN’T WAIT for kickoff! Go Cats!

63 Days!

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