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.