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Cam Newton had a rookie season for the ages.
Despite the help he received from his teammates and coaches, Newton had a hell of a season, which not too many quarterbacks could have pulled off as a rookie.
Cam Newton's 2011 Statistics (Through Week 16)
Passing: 295-of-492, 3,893 yards, 20 TD, 16 INT
Rushing: 120 attempts, 674 yards, 14 TD, 5 FUM (two lost)
So, just how good was Cam Newton's rookie season?
Week 1: Newton set the first NFL record for most passing yards in a professional debut.
Week 2: He became the first quarterback to ever pass for over 400 yards in each of his first two professional starts.
Week 13: Newton rushed for three touchdowns to bring his then-season total to 13—eclipsing Steve Grogan's 35-year-old record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
Week 16: He broke Peyton Manning's 13-year-old record for most passing yards by a rookie and he ended the game with 3,893 passing yards for the season with one game to go. At 7.9 yards per attempt, he averages nearly a yard-and-a-half more than Manning did in 1998 with 6.5 yards each time he threw the ball.
Week 17: Newton will become the first rookie quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a single season.
After watching Jimmy Clausen struggle as the Panthers quarterback in 2010, Panthers fans have to believe that Newton helped himself out quite a bit, as well.
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