The Cameron Newton story is well known by now. He was recruiting by Urban Meyer to Florida before getting caught in the middle of a laptop incident. He later transferred to Blinn Junior College where he led his team to the JUCO National Championship.
Then, he chose Auburn in a close recruiting battle over Mississippi State. He arrived on the Plains this spring and beat out senior Neil Caudle and sophomore Barrett Trotter for the starting quarterback job.
He has impressed in his first two starts at Auburn. He dominated Arkansas State with his physical passing and running ability, then led Auburn to an SEC win at Starkville last Thursday night.
Newton is a physically imposing presence at 6'6 250 pounds. He has a cannon for an arm, and an effortless glide when he escapes the pocket. He describes himself as a passing quarterback with the ability to run, though he has looked at times like a scrambler so far this season.
Newton's leadership is clearly established. His teammates, by all accounts, believe in him and look to him as the leader of the offense. He plays the game with an enthusiasm and a passion that is contagious.
If all that isn't enough, he seems to be a genuinely humble guy who just wants to play football, have fun, and win as many games as possible. Clemson will be another test to see just how ready Cam Newton is to take Auburn to the next level.