Last year when Tim Tebow left for the 2010 NFL Draft, we all thought it would be a very long time before there was a more talked about player in college football. Well turns it out we did not have that long because in the 2010-11 college football season; out of the blue came Auburn QB Cam Newton.
Topping one of the greatest college football seasons by a player ever, Cam Newton who is projected by many to be a first round pick, decided to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.
Now before we go into Cam Newton's draft status, let's learn about Cam Newton's football and personal past.
Freshman and Sophomore Season At University of Florida.
In 2007, Cam Newton was recruited by the University Of Florida. As a freshman, he earned the backup spot to ironic enough Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow, who at the time was the most talked about player in college football. During his freshman season, Newton got very little playing time. However in his sophomore year, Newton started Florida's season opener game against Hawaii over an injured Tebow. Unluckily, Newton suffered an ankle injury in the game and decided to take a medical red shirt season.
During his sophomore year, Newton got into a little trouble with the law and was arrested on Nov. 21, 2008 for the alleged theft of a laptop computer belonging to a student at Florida University. After the laptop was found to be in his possession, Newton was suspended from the football team and later transfered to the Blinn College in Texas.
In one year at Blinn College, a junior college in Texas, Newton lead his team to the NJCAA Championship which Newton and his team won. In his one-year tenure at Blinn, hethrew for 2,833 yards and 23 TDs, while rushing for 655 yards and 16 TDs including a 204-yard rushing performance against Tyler Junior College. After the end of the season, Newton was a five-star recruit and rated the top-rated QB by Rival's. In the end, Newton ended up signing with Auburn, which was put under investigation by the NCAA after reports that Cecil Newton, Cam's father, asked for large sums of money in return for him to play for Mississippi State.
Junior Year At Auburn:
Newton's season at Auburn is marked as one of the greatest college football seasons of all time. Newton earned the starting spot for Auburn and did not fall below the mark. Passing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs while rushing for 1,473 yards and 20 TDs, he made the dominant SEC defenses look like junior college defenses.
To top off his season, Newton won the honors of the Heisman Trophy, AP Player of The Year, Walter Camp Award, SEC Player of The Year and the Maxwell Award. All of that was topped off by Newton leading the Auburn Tigers to a BCS Championship with a 22-19 win over Oregon.
Newton spent much of the 2010 season swirled up in controversy, as Newton was declared inelligable to play on Dec. 1st after it was in fact true that Newton's father did demand money to play for Mississippi State. A day later, Auburn declared that Newton was able to play after determining that Newton did not know of his fathers actions.
On Jan. 13, 2011 Newton decided to enter the 2011 NFL Draft leaving a lot of speculation as to whether Newton is NFL material.
Newton is a 6'6, 250-pound quarterback with great speed and a great arm. Newton's size is something you see becoming more common with NFL quarterbacks today like Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger. Quarterbacks with this size are very hard to take down or sack and do a great job of extending the play to make something out of nothing. Newton is a quarterback that certainly posseses these qualities, his speed makes him very hard to tackle and along with his size, he makes it almost impossible to make an open field tackle on him when running out of the pocket. This gives him the advantage of getting many first downs with his feet rather than his arm.
Now what a lot of NFL Scouts worry about with Newton is his pocket-passing. Newton showed in the BCS game that there are times where he has very poor accuracy. Newton shows good accuracy in a 10-15 yard range, but with his great arm lacks accuracy on the deep ball (as we all saw in the championship match).
From Newton's junior season at Auburn, he looks like a top-notch quarterback. If Newton can maintain good accuracy and good decision-making, Newton could be a dominant quarterback. However if Newton shows poor accuracy like in the BCS game, he will be just another draft bust.