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Former UK DE granted waiver, will play for Purdue in 2014

Langston Newton

Just a little over four weeks after transferring from Kentucky, Langston Newton received some welcome news regarding his playing status for the upcoming season.

Purdue announced in a press release Tuesday that the defensive end has been granted a “legislative relief waiver” by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Boilermakers in 2014.  The decision will leave Newton, who played his high school football in Carmel, Ind., with three years of eligibility.

Newton, the brother of former UK quarterback Morgan Newton, transferred to Purdue in order to be closer to his ailing 87-year-old grandfather.  Because of the family issue behind the transfer, the NCAA granted his request for immediate eligibility.

A three-star member of UK’s 2012 recruiting class, Newton was ranked as the No. 40 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Indiana.  He did not see the field during his two seasons in Lexington.

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