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Newton entered the 2010 season with a shorter bio in the official Auburn media guide than the Tigers' long snapper. By the end of a magical season, he'd helped guide the Tigers to a BCS Championship, earning the Heisman Trophy along the way.
A highly-touted recruit, Newton originally signed with the University of Florida, but chose to transfer when it became apparent that Tim Tebow would return for his senior season. Wanting to play immediately, Newton transferred to Blinn College in Texas, where he accumulated 3,488 all-purpose yards and scored 38 combined touchdowns while leading the Buccaneers to the 2009 NJCAA championship.
Pursued by all of the major colleges following his tour with Blinn, Newton appeared headed towards Mississippi State due to his relationship with head coach Dan Mullen, formerly Newton's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Gators. Instead, he selected Auburn, emerging as the best player in college football.
Newton was an unstoppable force in Gus Malzahn's spread option offense, passing for 2,874 yards and 30 touchdowns (against only seven interceptions) and rushing for another 1,473 yards and 20 scores. He joined Tebow and Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the only players in NCAA history to throw for 20-plus touchdowns and rush for 20-plus touchdowns in the same season.
As gaudy as Newton's production was at the collegiate level, there are significant concerns about his ability to translate his skills to the NFL, especially considering that he's only started one season at the FBS level. Newton wasn't asked to make complicated pre- and post-snap reads in Malzahn's offense and hasn't demonstrated the consistent accuracy scouts would like.
His upside, however, is tantalizing, especially in a draft lacking a sure No. 1 quarterback. If Newton can convince teams of his ability to mentally handle the conversion to the NFL as well as answer their questions about his off-field decisions, Newton could wind up as a top 10 pick in the 2011 draft.
Accuracy: Generally demonstrates good accuracy, though he is inconsistent in the all important intermediate areas. Good ball placement on underneath routes and when hitting the back on the swing pass when he sets his feet. Among his best attributes is his deep ball accuracy. Possesses very good touch and trajectory on the long ball, showing the ability to drop it in the bucket from 50 yards out. Shows the ability to step into his throws and fire the slant, post and deep out passes, though his accuracy drops when he's forced to move his feet. Doesn't always reset, making quick tosses that are primarily "arm" throws.
Arm Strength: Possesses plenty of arm strength to make every NFL throws. Can zip the slant and deep out through tight windows. Good strength to complete passes even with defenders draped over him. Can flick the ball 50 yards downfield without significant windup, and closer to 70 when he does.
Setup/Release: An area of legitimate concern. Takes virtually all of his snaps out of the shotgun and while he clearly has the athleticism to handle dropping back from center, will be making the difficult transition of doing so while making multiple reads of the defense -- something he wasn't often asked to do at Auburn. Possesses an efficient, over the top release with good follow-through. Generally steps into his throws, though he will too often fail to do so when on the move. Stops his feet and will shotput throws, leading to passes fluttering and coming up short.
Reading Defenses: Another area of concern. Was only asked to make 1-2 reads at Auburn before having free reign to tuck the ball and run with it. Rarely was challenged with complicated blitz packages as collegiate defenses typically were more worried about protecting against the run. Essentially will be asked to make twice as many reads in half as much time in the NFL.
On the Move: Clearly his greatest trait. Buys time in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Can elude defenders in tight quarters due to good elusiveness for the position. Rare acceleration. Possesses a second gear to sneak through cracks in the defense and break away. Possesses rare strength and size. Can bowl over defenders to gain yardage. Every bit as dangerous as a runner as he is a receiver. Capable of completing throws with defenders draped on him.
Intangibles: Scouts question whether he has the football intelligence necessary to handle the myriad of formations and adjustments to be successful in a pro offense. Though his football IQ has been questioned, scouts rave about his poise on and off the field, as well as his leadership ability. Quickly emerged as Auburn's unquestioned leader. Despite his leadership, teams will have to do their homework on Newton's off-field behavior. Was arrested while at Florida for possession of a stolen laptop computer. He and his father were infamously investigated for their role in a pay-for-play scheme at Mississippi State that endangered Newton's eligibility and Heisman candidacy. The NCAA and SEC chose not to suspend Newton due to a lack of evidence that he had knowledge of his father courting payment in exchange for his son accepting a scholarship offer.
Became Auburn’s third Heisman Trophy winner, joining QB Pat Sullivan (‘71) and RB Bo Jackson (‘85) ... Auburn’s first Maxwell Award winner and first Davey O’Brien winner ... Third Auburn player win Walter Camp National Player of the Year (Sullivan, Jackson) ... The second player in NCAA FBS history to total 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in a single season (Tim Tebow, 2007) ... Became the first player in SEC history and the eighth different player in NCAA history to reach totals of 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a single season ... Has five of the top 51 rushing performances in AU history ... AU single-season record holder for TD responsibility (49) ... Holds the SEC single-season rushing record for a QB (1,409) ... Holds AU single-season record of 20 rushing TD’s ... Only player in AU history to rush for 170 yards or more in four consecutive SEC games ... Second player in AU history to rush for 170 or more yards five times in a season, joining Bo Jackson who accomplished the feat in 1985 ... Only QB in AU history to throw for at least two TD’s in first five games of a season.
Second QB in AU history to record more than one 100-yard rushing effort in a career ... The 171 rushing yards was most by an AU player in their debut since RB Rudi Johnson rushed for 174 yards vs. Wyoming in 2000 ... The 71-yard rushing TD vs. Arkansas State was longest run from scrimmage for AU since 2005 and was the third-longest TD run in school history by a QB and longest since 1976 ... The 357 yards total offense was most in season opener by an AU player since QB Patrick Nix’s 369 yards in 1995 ... Set AU record, along with WR Emory Blake, for longest play from scrimmage with a 94-yard TD pass vs. ULM (10/2/10) ... Just the second player in the SEC in the last 10 years to have four or more 170-yard rushing performances in a season (Darren McFadden, ARK, 2006 ; Darren McFadden, ARK, 2007 ) ... First player in AU history to rush for three TD’s in three consecutive SEC games ... Second player in AU history to rush for three TD’s in consecutive games since Joe Cribbs in 1979.
Posted the 19th 1,000 yard rushing season in AU history ... His 1,409 rushing yards ranks as 3rd best total in AU history for a single season ... His 3,998 yards total offense is the most in a single season in AU history ...His 28 passing TD’s are the most in a single season in AU history ... Became third player in AU history to record a TD passing, rushing and receiving in a season, joining Carnell Williams (2004) and Kodi Burns (2009) ... Is 2nd in SEC single-season record book for TD responsibility (49) ... Has scored 21 touchdowns (20 rushing and one receiving), giving him 126 points scored this season, which set a new Auburn single season record for most points scored in a single season.
Named first-team AP All-America and the AP Player of the Year. Won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award and the Mawell Award. Named 2010 Walter Camp Football Foundation First Team All-American and 2010 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team. Threw for 2,854 yards with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Added 1,473 yards on 264 carries with another 20 touchdowns. Even caught two passes for 42 yards and a score.
Winner of 76th Heisman Trophy ... Davey O’Brien Award winner (nation’s top QB) ...Maxwell Award winner (nation’s top player) ... Coaches’ SEC Offensive Player of the Year ... Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year ... Rivals.com National Player of the Year ... Walter Camp National Player of the Year ... Walter Camp All-America Team ... Sporting News National Player of the Year and First-Team All-America ... SI.com First-Team All-America ... Associated Press First-Team All-America... CBSSports.com First-Team All-America ... Rivals.com First-Team All-America ...Named AFCA Coaches’ All-America ... Coaches’ First-Team All-SEC ... Associated Press Unanimous First-Team All-SEC ... ESPN.com All-SEC ... Phil Steel First-Team All-SEC ... SEC Championship Game Offensive MVP... Davey O’Brien Award Finalist ... Phil Steele’s Midseason All-America First-Team ... CBSsports.com Midseason All-America ...Manning Award Watch List ... Maxwell Award finalist ... Paul Hornung Most Versatile Performances of the Week (12/4) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week (11/26-27) ... Rivals.com SEC Player of the Week (11/26-27) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week (11/13) ... Rivals.com National & SEC Player of the Week (11/13) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week (10/23) ...SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week (10/16) ... Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week (10/16) ... Rivals.com National & SEC Player of the Week (10/23) ... Rivals.com National Player of the Week (10/16) ... Walter Camp National Player of the Week (10/16) ...Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week (9/27) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week (9/25) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week (9/6).
Only player in SEC with five 170+ yard rushing games ... Has accounted for five TD’s in a game four times (Arkansas State, USC, UTC, SEC Championship Game) ... In season opener vs. Arkansas State, rushed for 171 yards, accounted for five TD’s and amassed 357 yards total offense ... Connected on 9- of-14 pass attempts for 186 yards with three scoring strikes ... Had TD throws of 36, 48 and 38 yards ... Also had scoring runs of 2 and 71 yards vs. ASU ... In SEC opener vs. Mississippi State, accounted for 274 yards of total offense with 136 passing, 70 rushing and 22 receiving ... Hit 11-of-19 passes (136 yards) with a pair of TD’s ... Also made first career reception, a 22-yard throwback from Kodi Burns ... His 70 yards led all rushers vs. Bulldogs ... Against Clemson, accounted for 271 total offense (203 passing/68 rushing) with a pair of TD’s ... Hit 7-of-14 passes attempts for 203 yards with TD strikes of 8 and 78 yards ... The 78-yard TD pass to Terrell Zachery is tied for 11th longest pass play in AU history ... Against South Carolina, accounted for five TD’s (two pass, three rush) and 334 yards total offense (176 rush, 158 pass) ... Against ULM, threw for 245 yards, hitting14-of-19 passes with three TD’s including an AU-record long play of 94 yards to Emory Blake ... Also punted one time for 22 yards vs. ULM.
Against Kentucky, rushed for then career-high 198 yards and four TD’s ... His 198 rushing yards were the most by an Auburn player since 2005 when Kenny Irons rushed for 218 yards at LSU ... Accounted for 408 yards total offense, fifth most in AU history ... Hit 13-of-21 passes for 210 yards ... The four rush TD’s tied AU record for most in a game by a QB (Phil Gargis vs. FSU in 1976) ... Rushed for 48 yards on 10 carries and threw for 25 yards on 3-of-4 passing to account for 73 of Auburn’s 86 yards on its game-winning drive in the fourth quarter ... Against Arkansas, led all rushers with 188 yards and 25 carries and three TD’s ... Hit 10-of-14 passes for 140 yards with a TD ... Against LSU, led all rushers with a career-best 217 yards on 28 carries ... Had a pair of rushing TD’s, from 1-yard out in first quarter and from 49 yards out in third quarter to give AU 17- 10 lead ... Also hit 10-of-16 passes for 86 yards with no turnovers ... Against Ole Miss, lined up at WR and caught 20-yard TD pass from Kodi Burns in first quarter to tie game and connected on 18-of-24 pass attempts, setting career highs for both, for 209 yards with a pair of TD’s ... Also rushed 11 times for 45 yards, totaling 274 yards total offense ... Against UTC, registered 341 yards total offense with five TD’s ... Threw for 317 yards on 15-of-21 passing with career-best four TD’s including 80-yard TD throw and catch to Terrell Zachery ... Rushed eight times for 24 yards with one TD, a 1-yard run.
Against Georgia, recorded 299 yards total offense with four total TD’s ... Hit 12- of-15 passes for 148 yards and two TD’s ... Rushed for game high 151 yards on 30 carries with a pair of scores ... Against Alabama, hit 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards with three TD’s and rushed for 39 yards on 22 carries with one TD ... Set single-season rushing TD record and single-season TD pass record vs. Crimson Tide ... In SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, named MVP after throwing for career-high 335 yards and accounting for career-best six touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing) ... Ran for team-high 73 yards on 14 carries to account for 408 yards total offense ... Production in the 4th quarter and one OT period this season: 62 rushes, 259 yards, 2 TD’s and 22-of-30 passing (73.3 percent) for 212 yards with 7 TD’s and no turnovers ... In last four games has 15 TD’s, one INT and is 75-of-108 (72.5 pct.) passing for 1225 yards and a 208.82 passer efficiency rating.
At Florida: Redshirted ... Action in season opener versus Hawaii, rushing for 10 yards and a TD on five carries, while connecting on 1-of-2 passes for 14 yards.
At Florida: Saw extensive playing time in five games during versus Western Kentucky, Troy, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic ... Rushed for 103 yards on just 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the ground ... Completed five passes in 10 attempts for 40 yards ... Just sixth quarterback in Florida history to see action in the season opener as a true freshman, joining Tim Tebow, Chris Leak, Josh Portis, Cris Collinsworth and Doug Johnson ... Career-long 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter versus Florida Atlantic ... Rushed for a career-high 46 yards against the Owls on just six attempts ... Carried the ball five times for 33 yards against Vanderbilt ... Guided the Florida offense to a touchdown against Tennessee, highlighted by an 11-yard run when he bowled over Volunteers' safety Dennis Rogan ... Scored first career touchdown on a 4-yard plunge against Western Kentucky ... Completed three of four passes for 25 yards in his debut against the Hilltoppers ... Enrolled at Florida in January 2007.
2010: An NCAA investigation determined Newton's father tried to sell his son's services to Mississippi State during his recruitment. However, the NCAA determined there was no proof that Cam Newton knew of the scheme and opted not to suspend him.
2008: Arrested on felony charges of larceny and obstruction of justice for allegedly stealing a Dell laptop from a dorm room and throwing it out the window when University Police Department officers visited his dorm, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Newton was subsequently suspended from the team. All charges were dropped after he completed a pre-trial diversion program.
2009 - Helped lead Blinn College to junior college to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship after passing for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 655 yards and 16 TDs ... Led the Buccaneers to an 11-1 record ... NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American ... Rated as No. 1 QB (high school or junior college) by Rivals.com and is the only five-star QB according to Rivals ... No. 1 overall JUCO prospect by Rivals ... Four-star prospect by Scout.com.
Participated in the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense All-American Bowl for Team East following his senior season ... His squad won the game, 28-14 ... One of nine quarterbacks in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... As a junior, completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns ... Threw just nine interceptions and rushed for 638 yards and nine TDs.
Born May 11, 1989 ... Son of Cecil and Jackie Newton.
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07/31/14 - QB Cam Newton took a kick to the shin midway through practice Thursday and returned wearing a shin guard. A rainy practice, plus Newton's current struggle to get his timing down with the new receiving corps, equaled a sloppy day for the offense.
07/26/14 - QB Cam Newton was rusty during his first full practice since undergoing ankle surgery in March. He admitted he is not 100 percent, so it will be interesting to see if the Panthers will be more cautious with Newton than they had planned.
07/26/14 - QB Cam Newton seemed to move OK on his surgically-repaired ankle. His timing with receivers was off again, an issue that will likely last through at least training camp.
07/25/14 - QB Cam Newton was completely cleared to begin practicing in full. He underwent ankle surgery in March and head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Newton to be restriction-free during camp.
04/30/14 - QB Cam Newton had the fifth-year option for 2015 exercised by the Panthers.
The two sides are expected to eventually work on a deal that will keep Newton in Carolina well beyond 2015.
Barring an extension, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft will play the 2014 season under the terms of his original rookie deal -- a four-year contract that paid an average of $5.5 million per season. In the 2015 option year, Newton's salary will jump up to $14.666 million.
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