As we’ve noted before on this site, there hasn’t been a lot to cheer about with Kenucky football. The Wildcats are 3-5 overall, but have yet to win an SEC game this season. You can’t really pin the struggles on any one area, but suffice it to say that quarterback play hasn’t exactly been this team’s strong point.
Between junior Morgan Newton and freshman Max Smith, the Wildcats have thrown for just over 1,000 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Smith saw considerable time in this past Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State, as Newton attempted only five passes before suffering an ankle sprain early that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
In his Sunday teleconference, head coach Joker Phillips said Newton’s day-to-day with his injury, but that the QB position is an open competition regardless.
“He’s day to day. We’ll see tomorrow how he feels, how he will be on Tuesday also. They [Newton and Smith] both are beat up. They both took some shots and they both are banged up. We’ll have to see how both are on Tuesday.
“We’ll let them compete this week and come up with who we think gives us the best chance to win this week.”
If there’s any team that will give UK a chance to notch their first conference win, it’s Ole Miss. The two face off this weekend.
(Quotes courtesy of the Lousville Courier-Journal)