During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…
#12 MORGAN NEWTON
Weight: 240 lbs.
Hometown: Carmel, IN
High School: Carmel
High school All-American quarterback as named by Parade, SuperPrep, The Sporting News, MaxPreps and ESPN/Rise Magazine.
SEC All-Freshman (2009)
SEC Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Something You Didn’t Know About Him
Says his hidden talent is singing in the shower
Quote from Randy Sanders
“Any time you miss six months or seven months of throwing, it’s going to affect you somewhat. There’s no question that he’s still a work in progress coming back from that.”
Items of Legitimate Interest
Newton started eight games at quarterback as a freshman, including upset wins over Georgia and Auburn, when he was called in to replace an injured Mike Hartline. The win at Auburn was Kentucky’s first win over the Tigers since 1966.
He took a backseat to Mike Hartline in 2010, but started the BBVA Compass Bowl after Hartline’s suspension. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 211 yards but couldn’t get the win over Pittsburgh.
A shoulder injury cost him his job last season after starting the first eight games of the season.
He has thrown for 1,764 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career.
Unfair NFL Comparison
Warren Moon, Houston Oilers
Outlook for 2012
Newton was competing for the starting quarterback position in fall camp but it’s a battle he is expected to lose in the end, likely this afternoon.