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February 6, 2014

Newton hopes to get chance soon

Likely by the end of next week, Langston Newton will know if he can suit up for Purdue's football team next fall.

Newton, a defensive end, is hoping to get a waiver to play for the Boilermakers immediately after transferring from Kentucky to be closer to an ailing grandfather.

The Indianapolis native will be able to practice with the team in the spring regardless but is hopeful he won't have to sit out a season.

"As soon as they can get me film, I'll be happy," Newton said. "As soon as I can get in with the team and as soon as I can get settled in, I'll be joyous. I'm that eager.

"I'm excited to be here. I really just want football season to come. I really want spring to start. I'm really excited to be with these guys. This is definitely one of the hard-working groups I've been around."

Newton didn't play in a game during his two seasons with Kentucky, but Purdue defensive line coach Rubin Carter said he liked some of Newton's traits, while showing his high school film from Carmel from three years ago.

Carter pointed to specific technique things - "great" hip flexibility, an ability to lunge and extend and get into the backfield, excellent body control and pad level, an ability to get skinny to slip through gaps and "terminate" plays on the offensive line of scrimmage - but also mentioned some intangibles that could be essential to the line's performance. Carter said he likes how Newton keeps pushing on plays, having great pursuit and "chase-ability."

"Not only does he do well in his area of responsibility, he can factor down the field and chase and pursue all the way to the opposite sideline," Carter said.

When asked what he could bring to the field, Newton said "discipline" and a "motor."

Now, he just needs a chance to show them for the Boilermakers from the end position, where the team only has a handful of players with experience. Sophomores Evan Panfil and Jake Replogle are expected to be the starters after only one year of experience, but there's little proven depth behind them with Ryan Russell and Jalani Phillips expected to stay at a rush outside linebacker position in a 3-4 defense.

"I've always been a fan of Purdue and the engineering school here. When I was being recruited originally, Purdue did end up offering me and Purdue also was in my top 5 when I was narrowing down schools," Newton said. "I've always been a fan of Purdue, and I'm glad to be here now."

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