I cannot remember in my lifetime a more controversial player on the collegiate level than Auburn's Cam Newton. There have been others, even this past season, who were not only controversial, but were also suspended for their transgressions.
Newton never missed a game despite all the accusations and chaos that surrounded him, but he was clearly the main topic of every water cooler. Newton is now gone and the BCS title still remains in Auburn, but so does the tarnished image.
In just a few weeks, new QB Kiehl Frazier will step onto campus, and he will be the next great Auburn player. I have even labeled him, "Cam Newton 2.0." This version will not only be successful, but I predict he will be better for the Auburn Tigers' program than the first edition.
When the rumors began to swirl that coach Gus Malzahn was leaving Auburn for the Vanderbilt Commodores, I told those around me this would be a bigger loss than Auburn fans realized. Not only would they lose one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, but they would lose a future star as well.
There was no doubt in my mind that Frazier was going to follow Malzahn. Fortunately for Auburn, this did not happen. So here's why I believe Frazier will be better than his predecessor.