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Kentucky starting QB job vs Mississippi undecided

By: AP
By: AP

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's starting quarterback job
re-opened for competition this week.
Starter Morgan Newton has struggled through what has been a
disappointing season for the Wildcats. But the junior is not the
only signal caller unable to get it done. Newton's backup, freshman
Maxwell Smith, hadn't done much better.
But when Newton left Saturday's game against Mississippi State
with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Smith passed for an
efficient and relatively mistake-free 174 yards.
Newton is listed day-to-day with a high ankle sprain.
Head coach Joker Phillips says Newton will not play Saturday
against Mississippi if he can't protect himself, something the
coach says Newton could not do at Tuesday's practice Tuesday.
Before the injury, Newton was 82 of 172 with eight touchdowns
and seven interceptions.

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