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Morgan Newton embraces new role, blooper reel

Morgan Newton could be bitter.

He’s a senior who lost his starting spot to a sophomore after being injured most of last season. At times, he has struggled under high expectations, giving him a reputation for choking in the spotlight. Unfortunately, his most memorable plays may be his worst (the infamous “self sack” against Western last year comes to mind). So, yes, Morgan Newton could be bitter, but instead, he’s trying to help the team in any way he can, even if it means playing different positions and yes, laughing at himself. He told reporters after practice today that he will line up at wide receiver, running back and beyond to help the offense going forward. Against Kent State, Newton played a variety of roles, lining up as an H-back, and even throwing a key block that led to Demarcus Sweat’s 56-yard touchdown.

Newton admitted the “Wildcat” package as we know it is not his strength, and that he’s much more useful lining up in the slot position: “Wildcat, that’s Jalen (Whitlow) stuff. That’s what Jalen, Randall and those guys, that’s what they’re for. I just try to help in short yardage.” He’s also open to trying some trick plays: “Now, if you want to get a little wild, put some stuff in and get first downs and things, just put me in the slot and we’ll throw it around a little bit.”

With Western headed to town, don’t think for a second that Newton’s not having flashbacks to last year’s dismal performance. In fact, he brought up the “self sack,” which he calls part of his blooper reel: “Speaking of bloopers: Western week, so the stumble backward and the ‘sack himself,’ that’s coming up this week too.”

As Oh Boyd showed us last week, it’s never too late to make a comeback.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for Morgan Newton embraces new role, blooper reel

  1. kdh2011
    3:12 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    What a peach

  2. Doylerules
    3:12 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I am thoroughly impressed by this young mans attitude and willingness to put the team first. It’s refreshing to see humility like this in our current culture. Good for you, Morgan! Thanks for being a great teammate and your great personality! Your parents have raised a great person!

  3. kdh2011
    3:13 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    It’s talk like a middle-aged woman from the 1950’s day

  4. Chris
    3:13 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I really hope he makes some big plays this season. Good guy he deserves it.

  5. Cobalt
    3:15 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought Newtown had good size to be a quick tight end. Good for some quick slants or something.

  6. KidCody
    3:16 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    On the bright side, Newton did place top 5 on the team for sacks last season.

  7. bige
    3:23 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Really like the idea of the throwing slot. Could really screw with teams heads especially with a no huddle offense.

  8. jcatron
    3:24 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    They should throw Newton in on the wide tackle 6.

  9. ebell55
    3:28 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    This young man is a class act!!!! I mentioned in the last post that he wasn’t our best option at the Wildcat and he says it himself. Another person said Joker has had a soft spot for him almost to a fault. I disagree if that were the case he would have started his Sophmore year. Also for all the mossikoski talk he plays at a FCS school so that tells me Joker played the best QB every year.

  10. Cat's Balls
    4:22 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t call it a comeback!- LL Cool J

  11. Rockfield, KY
    4:38 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mossakowski is playing at Lamar (1-1) and hasn’t really done much of note. Lamar just got blown out 40-0 by Louisiana Lafayette this past weekend. Also playing for Lamar is Herschel Sims, the 5-star running back from 2011 that originally went to Oklahoma State to play.

  12. heisenberg
    5:35 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    uk reporters interview no one

  13. Blue Gray
    7:17 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post Mrs. Thompson. I am all about encouraging positivity. Creative play-calling is key. Open it up. Spread it around. Really, UK should be approaching this game as a STATEMENT. Beat the Hilltoppers down, I say that with respect. Go to Florida and play like your lives depended on it. If you come out of the swamp 2-2, that is what we expected.