Morgan Newton

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

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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.

DL Langston Newton moves on from UK to Purdue

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One of the three mid-year enrollees announced by Purdue Monday will look and sound familiar to the fans of one SEC program.

The Boilermakers confirmed yesterday that, along with offensive lineman Kirk Barron and quarterback David Blough, defensive lineman Langston Newton is enrolled in school and will be eligible to participate in the spring practice sessions beginning March 6.  While Barron and Blough are high school enrollees, Newton comes into the program as a transfer from Kentucky.

Newton, the brother of former UK quarterback Morgan Newton, transferred to Purdue in order to be closer to his ailing 87-year-old grandfather, his father told the West Lafayette Journal and Courier.  The player, who played his high school football in Carmel, Ind., is in the process of appealing for a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility to play in 2014.  If the appeal is denied, Newton would be forced to sit out the upcoming season and retain two years of eligibility beginning in 2015.

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.

Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith out indefinitely

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More injury problems for Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith. An AC joint injury in his shoulder held Smith out of UK’s loss to Florida two weekends ago, and now a ligament tear in his ankle suffered in a loss to South Carolina will sideline him indefinitely.

Wildcats coach Joker Phillipsstill employed, mind you — made the announcement Monday. “He’s down, obviously,” Phillips said. “He worked his tail off to be in the position to play major-college football.”

With Smith out for the foreseeable future, Phillips said he will go with freshmen Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow at quarterback. Though Whitlow will likely be the starter, Towles, who will have his redshirt burned, should see playing time as well. Whitlow saw extensive playing time against the Gamecocks.

So, no. No Morgan Newton. Against Florida, Newton went 7-of-21 passing for 48 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. UK plays No. 20 Mississippi State this Saturday.

(Hat tip: Courier-Journal) 

Kentucky: QB Maxwell Smith appears ready to play

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After being held out of last weekend’s game against Florida due to an AC joint injury in his shoulder, it appears Maxwell Smith will be back this weekend.

The starting quarterback practiced all three days this week with no issues in his right (throwing) shoulder.  Following practice Thursday, head coach Joker Phillips indicated that all Smith’s systems are a go for the Saturday night game against No. 6 South Carolina.

“Last week I didn’t know what the effects would be if he got hit and injured again,” Phillips said about Smith not playing in quotes distributed by the school. “That is not the case this week. He is a lot healthier than he was last week so therefore he will play.”

The return of Smith will be a significant blessing for the Wildcats’ offense.  Morgan Newton started in place of Smith in the blowout loss to the Gators and did, well, this: seven-of-21 passing for 48 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

In his three games this season, Smith has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 966 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 4 Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

WINNERS

Guess who’s back… Back again…
Earlier this week on this lil’ ol’ website, the question was posed asking whether Florida State was back after years of keeping the national stage at arm’s length.  Consider that question answered in the affirmative.  And with (late-game) authority.  Early on, though, the Seminoles were staggering, with No. 10 Clemson holding a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter and seemingly having the No. 4 team in the country on the ropes.  Then, all offensive hell broke loose for the ‘Noles.  In a span of just under 17 minutes, FSU exploded for 35 points to send the crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium into a frenzy and, ultimately, home ecstatic with a resounding 49-37 thumping.  The win puts the Seminoles in the ACC driver’s seat — FSU will be significant favorites every single conference game the remainder of the season — and, depending on how things shake out above them, could find themselves in the same seat when it comes to the chase for the BcS title chase.  Of course, there are still several obstacles to navigate, none more obvious than themselves and shooting their own foot.  For now, though, every sign points to the Seminoles very much being back.

A RB graveyard in Corvallis
Apparently, Oregon State is the place where top-flight running backs go to die.  In two games this season, OSU has limited Wisconsin’s Montee Ball — third in the country last season in rushing yards — to 61 yards on 15 carries and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin — the nation’s leading rusher entering this weekend’s game — to 45 yards on 12 carries.  Neither player scored a touchdown.  The Beavers turnaround in that phase of the game is nothing short of astounding.  Last season, OSU ranked 101st in the country, allowing 193.8 rushing yards per game in winning just three games; this season, OSU, 2-0 after their win over the No. 19 Bruins, is giving up just 53.5 yards per game.

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