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Former Byrd, Tulane quarterback Gene Newton dies at 84
September 3, 2019, 2:25 am

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Gene Newton, whose long association with Tulane began by leading a pair of upsets over top-10 teams in the mid-1950s, died Saturday. He was 84.

Newton, a native of Shreveport who was a multi-sport star at Byrd High School, played quarterback for the Green Wave from 1955-57, while the school was still part of the Southeastern Conference but in the process of de-emphasis.

Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 160 pounds, Newton was known as “Mouse” – a name placed on him by former teammate Eddie Khayat – but he played much bigger as Tulane went up against the best programs in college football on a weekly basis.

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