Former Starting QB Newton Learning to Play H-back

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Morgan Newton has always played quarterback - until recently.

He arrived at Kentucky four years ago with a locker full of trophies and accolades, from being Indiana's 'Mr. Football' to placing on at least six national prep All-American squads. Newton was ranked as one of the nation's top 10 QB recruits by several major scouting services.

The senior and onetime Kentucky starter is changing positions - at least part-time - just to get playing time. Since sophomore Maxwell Smith beat out Morgan this fall to be the Wildcats' signal caller, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound former Southeastern Conference All-Freshman selection began taking snaps at H-back.

Newton isn't bitter. In fact, he's eager to help Kentucky beat Western Kentucky on Saturday night and possibly reach a sixth bowl game in seven years.

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