Thursday, May 16, 2013

Former UK quarterback, Morgan Newtown signs with NY Giants

Trying something a little new here on Big Blue Corner. We have never covered college football, but we are going to give it a go this season. I'd be lying if I said I haven't been intrigued by the excitement first year coach Mark Stoops and his staff has brought to the Commonwealth. And as far as what he has done in recruiting well, I think that speaks for itself.

So, bare with us as we try to bring you, news about the new and improved Kentucky Wildcat Football team this season. With that being said, let's start with this...

Per a media release from the University of Kentucky.....

Newton Signs With New York Giants

Fifth Wildcat From 2012 Senior Class to Join National Football League

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The New York Giants announced Thursday that former Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton has signed a free-agent contract as a tight end.

Newton becomes the fifth player from the 2012 UK senior class to sign with an NFL team.  He joins offensive guard Larry Warford, a third-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions, and additional free-agent signees – defensive back Martavius Neloms (Detroit), center Matt Smith (Atlanta) and defensive end Collins Ukwu (Minnesota).  A total of 45 Wildcats have signed NFL contracts since 2008.

Newton played quarterback for almost all of his time as a Wildcat.  During his career, he completed more than 50 percent of his passes for 1,837 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2009. He also saw brief action at tight end during his senior season.

In the classroom, Newton was an outstanding student.  The native of Indianapolis, Ind., completed his degree in management and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  Following graduation, he was named to the Hampshire Honor Society by the College Football Foundation in recognition of his football and academic success.  He was also very active in community service and was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

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