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Brooks not naming starting QB for UL-Monroe

Kentucky's win against Auburn didn't solve
the Wildcats' quarterback competition.
True freshman Morgan Newton, back-up Will Fidler and receiver
Randall Cobb - who led the Wildcat formation - all scored
touchdowns in Kentucky's 21-14 win Saturday at Auburn, but coach
Rich Brooks said none of them performed well enough to be named the
starter ahead of Saturdays game against Louisiana-Monroe.
Brooks said Sunday that he will solidify the position this week.
"(Our quarterback position) is the same as it was last week,"
Brooks said. "Itll be a work in progress going forward."
Brooks said that while Newton showed poise and explosive speed
in his first game as a Wildcat, he lacked accuracy in his throwing
game.
"I thought Morgan did some pretty good things early and he
didnt seem in awe of the situation, or too nervous," Brooks said.
"But I think he missed opportunities. I think hell learn a great
deal from this game."
Fidler was able to manage the offense with more authority, but
is still hampered by a shoulder injury, Brooks said.
Both quarterbacks will need to make strides in their passing
game for the Wildcats offense to be successful during the next
half of the season, Brooks said.
Newton was 5-of-13 for 39 yards, while Fidler was 4-of-9 for 36
yards.
"I dont know if the difference between Morgan and Will is that
great," Brooks said. "Either way we really need to get our
passing game on track."
Brooks praised Cobb in the spread offense and his ability to
orchestrate the game-winning drive for Kentucky, including a
61-yard run and the subsequent touchdown.
"Although he was beat up, hes still making special plays,"
Brooks said.
Brooks has said that Cobb would only see limited time as
quarterback in the Wildcat formation and will not be a viable
option filling the position full-time.
The coach also spoke of the morale boost the win gave Kentucky
(3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) after three straight losses to
ranked opponents. The victory snapped Kentucky's 15-game losing
streak to Auburn.
"Its nice to get on the bus and hear guys laughing rather than
being down like they were after (last weeks) South Carolina
loss," he said. "A lot of people had given up on us and this
season, but these guys werent having any of that."
Brooks ranked the win against Auburn as one of the most
significant during his tenure.
"This one - after three-straight losses and being downtrodden -
was a big one," he said.
Running back Derrick Locke, who rushed for 126 yards against
Auburn, may miss practice this week with a knee injury. Cornerback
Trevard Lindley is doubtful for Saturdays game with a sprained
ankle.


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