Cobb: Team still has confidence in Newton

Sophomore Randall Cobb, who went 1-3 as a starting quarterback last year, says the team still has confidence in Newton.

Sophomore Randall Cobb, who went 1-3 as a starting quarterback last year, says the team still has confidence in Newton.

"He is still young and will make mistakes. I have been in that position and made those mistakes before myself. You just have to move past it and get over it, and he will," Cobb said.

Newton strained his shoulder against Mississippi State while completing 11 of 18 passes for 119 yards and running 13 times for 39 yards. However, coach Rich Brooks said Monday that even though his throwing will be limited in practice this wee, he will play Saturday against Eastern Kentucky.

Brooks liked the poise Newton had against Mississippi State, especially on the final drive when he completed three third-down passes. "He bought time with his feet and threw some nice balls," Brooks said. "He did miss some checks and there were things he should have done differently. But I think it was a step forward. He could have handled some things better, but he is on a steep learning curve.


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