LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton says he had put in a "lot of work" to lead the Wildcats offense this year.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior talked about his past struggles Friday during Kentucky's media day. Newton was named Mike Hartline's successor heading into spring practice. He has nine career starts, including one in the BBVA Compass Bowl as a sophomore when Hartline was suspended. He made his first start of the season in that game, a 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh. Newton completed 21 of 36 for 211 yards.
He says the bowl game was "a really nice test" and that even though "it didn't so great, it told me what I needed to work on."
Kentucky opens against Western Kentucky on Sept. 1 in Nashville, Tenn.