Newton could start Tennessee game

Morgan Newton could start Saturday against Tennessee
Morgan Newton could start Saturday
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Updated: 11/22/2011 10:52 pm

Morgan Newton may be UK's starting quarterback against Tennessee due to Max Smith's injury.
From UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team began its week of practice by moving indoors to the Nutter Training Facility because of steady rain in the Lexington area over the past few days.

Kentucky began its preparation for Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee on Monday without true freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith, who has started the past three games. Smith was injured in Kentucky’s game at Georgia and did not practice Tuesday, but is expected to be able to return later in the week.

UK head coach Joker Phillips said that junior quarterback Morgan Newton is probably less banged up than Smith, although he is still ailing from ankle and shoulder injuries.

While the Wildcats try to get their top two quarterback options healthy, Tennessee returned its starting quarterback from injury last week in the form of sophomore Tyler Bray. In his first game back, Bray led Tennessee to a victory over Vanderbilt, completing 16-of-33 passes for 189 yards.

“He looked sharp to me,” Phillips said about Bray. “He made some big-time throws and he has a big time weapon out there in the (Da’Rick) Rogers kid. He caught 10 of them last week and if he (Bray) gets it anywhere near him then that guy can make a play for him. That is confidence for a quarterback.”

Also on the injury side, true freshman defensive tackle Christian Coleman did not practice, while Phillips said sophomore defensive tackle Donte Rumph continues to improve from his injury.

Kentucky will resume practice on Wednesday.
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