VAUGHT: Newton working his new job

The more I learn about Morgan Newton, the more impressed I am with the Indiana quarterback. From the day he verbally committed to UK, he's been looking ahead to what it will take for him to be ready for his first season with the Wildcats. He's called and talked to receiver Dicky Lyons. He's called and talked to running back Derrick Locke. He's talked to coaches Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips.

He's been to games, but he'll be back again Saturday to watch the Cats play Georgia and plans to return the following week for the Vanderbilt game.

"I've told him he has several jobs in life now," said his father, Dr. John Newton. "He's still finishing his high school career, but he also has to start working on the next piece of his life. That's why it is important for him to be around Kentucky as much as he can."

That's why the Newtons will be making the drive from Carmel, Ind., to Lexington on Saturday as soon as the talented quarterback is through with his high school film session. They'll likely be late for the UK game, but they want to be here to watch and interact with players and coaches again after the game.

"He wants to be as familiar as possible with the program and the best way to do that is to be there," John Newton said. "We know how important Kentucky football is."

The Newtons also hope Morgan's basketball schedule will be flexible enough that they can travel to a bowl game to watch the Cats play.

"I think that would be important for him to get a sense of what that is like because we think this program is just waiting to take off and get better and better," John Newton said.

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