Redshirting still possible for frosh QBs

Both Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski were highly-touted prep quarterbacks last year who expected to challenge Mike Hartline for the No. 1 spot at Kentucky this year.

Both Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski were highly-touted prep quarterbacks last year who expected to challenge Mike Hartline for the No. 1 spot at Kentucky this year. However, Mossakowski is coming off shoulder surgery and UK coach Rich Brooks emphasized again Sunday he would likely redshirt to continue his rehabilitation and building arm strength.

What about Newton? That's a little trickier. Brooks played backup quarterback Will Fidler and walk-on Tyler Sargent in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Miami. He kept Newton on the sideline with him.

"We will continue to work and see if Morgan can challenge for the No. 2 position," Brooks said Sunday. "But it's possible we could redshirt both. Morgan can do things, but I was not going to blow a year (of eligibility) by playing him a few meaningless snaps in the fourth quarter of a blowout."

That makes sense. Yet would anyone really have believed last February when Newton and Mossakowski both signed with UK that there was any chance Kentucky might redshirt both of them. There was probably a better chance then that most would have speculated one might be starting. "You have to get them on the field and seethe progress," Brooks said. "Neither in fall camp jumped off the chart. They responded like most freshmen. They are clearly better than freshmen (quarterbacks) we have had here, but they are not near ready to take snaps. We will give Morgan more chances to take snaps (in practice)." Then Brooks had a word of advice for the media — and fans.

"It's more important to focus on the play of Mike (Hartline) and what he's doing to help us win," Brooks said.


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