After two seasons as either a backup or emergency starter, junior Morgan Newton makes his debut as Kentucky's undisputed starting quarterback and field leader.
Here's a brief conversation with Newton from early this week.
Question: How would you compare your mind-set now with a year ago?
Answer: "It's being in a whole different position. This time last year I was coming out of a competition for the starting job and not really able to play. This time I pretty much knew for the most part I was going to be back there."
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Q: What was the 2010 season like for you?
A: "It was tough, really. I always want to compete. It's tough to kind of have to be able to step back. I learned a lot."
Q: What do you mean you learned a lot?
A: "Just learn how to prepare every week. Learn how to get ready to play. There's a big difference between camp and being able to play."
Q: What do you anticipate for your season debut?
A: "This is the time to show how you've improved since the last time you've played. And that's just how I'll take it."
Q: How have you improved?
A: "I've improved a lot. Familiarity with the offense and being a leader. Accuracy and running checks. Everything."
Q: How has your accuracy improved?
A: "Like Coach (Randy) Sanders says, you're more accurate when you're able to get your body around to see the throw, put your body in position to make accurate throws. When you know where your guy is going to be, it's a lot easier."
Q: By getting your body around to see the throw, do you mean avoiding an off-balance throw?
A: "When you're a freshman, you don't know as much and guys may come open a little bit later. And you see them now. You know where guys are going to be and you're able to get your body squared up to make throws."
Q: How are your nerves?
A: "I'm pretty good, nerve-wise. Most of the time I don't get nervous. I don't worry about nerves. I just worry about coming out there and executing."