Mossakowski, Newton on QB rivalry

"Coach Sanders does a great job and one of the things he tells us is that what defines you as a quarterback is not the mistake you make but what you do after and how you respond, how is your body language, how is your emotion. It's all those things."

For Ryan Mossakowski, just getting to play at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday in front of fans and media members was a step forward — and left him smiling even though he was only 5-for-11 passing for 88 yards with two interceptions.

"There is a whole lot of that going on, which is awesome," said Mossakowski after the scrimmage. "If I have questions, I will ask any of the quarterbacks. It's awesome to have that competition and all those emotions flying, but still we are all best friends.

"When you step back and look at it, that is how it should be. Coach (Randy) Sanders does a good job of making sure that is how it is. And Mike being the big leader he is, that helps so much.

"But it was beautiful to just be out here. There were so many emotions flying around. In my mind, I knew this was big. If you treat it like a normal day, and that's how I did it, then after the first snap you are fine and just go play and have fun."

Morgan Newton obviously didn't have as much fun even though he was 8-for-16 passing for 116 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He has more pressure on him because he knows what it is like to start and many figured he was the pre-practice favorite to win the job after getting the experience he did last year.

"It was pretty good in some spots, but still a lot of work to do," Newton said. "Just getting in the rhythm was kind of tough. All three of us being jerked in and out."

Newton said being evaluated on everything he does this spring is no change from the day he stepped on campus.

"We expect to be evaluated on everything we do," he said. Does that make it hard to be aggressive and play with reckless abandon?

"t is tough, especially when you fight to be a leader and lead the guys. Sometimes you get yanked back with three of us getting reps and everybody fighting for a position. But you have to make the best of it," Newton said.

That's a point Sanders, UK's offensive coordinator, hammers home to his quarterbacks. "I did some things well and didn't do so hot in some situaitons. I will look at tape, study, see what I did wrong and try to correct that. You are not going to have a perfect game. The big kicker is when you learn from those mistakes. You learn as you go. That is what this is for," Mossakowski said.

"I think every day is a very important day in this whole situation we have going. You are going to make mistakes. Everybody is going to do that. Coach Sanders tells us that the next play after a mistake is what makes you stand out or not stand out.

"Coach Sanders does a great job and one of the things he tells us is that what defines you as a quarterback is not the mistake you make but what you do after and how you respond, how is your body language, how is your emotion. It's all those things. Everybody looks at you, sometimes in desperation, for words of encouragement and that's when you have to show you can come back."


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