No one lit up college football last year like Cam Newton — well, maybe Denard Robinson for those first couple weeks. He took his immense physical gifts that had traveled the country in a search for acceptance and found a coach in Gene Chizik who let him be the playmaker that Cam Newton thought he could be.
Cam could do it all. He ran for 20 touchdowns and even caught one and ran for nearly 1500 yards as a quarterback. All those things put him in as a front runner for the Heisman Trophy and the eventual No.1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
But beyond his game-changing running skills, Cam Newton possess an arm that not many in college football or the NFL can match. The following is a look at some of his top throwing highlights.
Even though it's an inferior opponent, Cam Newton is able to find his man wide open and catch him in stride 40 yards down the field.
This is not an overly impressive throw. Nothing spectacular happens but what makes it impressive is that rather than taking over the play, Newton let's the game come to him.
Newton could have easily taken off running given the situation. Pinned deep in Auburn's own territory, Newton scans the field and finds the open man. This allows the Tigers to grab an easy six points and keeps his offensive linemen fresh for bigger competition.
With his receiver walking a tight-rope down the sideline Newton has enough toughness to take the hit and launch a bomb down the sideline. The pass stays just inside the sideline and the Tigers are able to basically walk it in for six.
Newton again shows his composure and accuracy while displaying his big throwing arm. But what makes this play special is that while getting hit Newton possesses enough strength to keep the pass accurate and from fluttering. The ball keeps its spiral as it leaves his hand.
While taking a hit like this might cause the ball to pop out of most quarterback's hands, Newton is able to get it to his man downfield and keep it right on the sideline.
Everyone knows about the exploits at Auburn and some of us remember that Cam used to backup Tim Tebow but not many of us know about what happened at Blinn College. Cam Newton was playing against inferior competition for sure but he still had to make plays.
After rolling out left, Newton finds himself being pressured and turns around. Finding himself again faced with defenders, Newton goes deeper in the backfield like Bo Jackson in TECMO Bowl. After running into a defender again, Newton launches the ball downfield while taking a hit. This is not the most accurate throw but he gets it to his man while facing a ton of pressure which makes it impressive.
A Hail Mary almost never works.
One of the most exciting plays in the game is almost always in the defense's favor. Everyone knows what is coming when you send four receivers into the endzone so it is easy to defend. South Carolina had to pause on their pass rush however because of Cam Newton's play making ability. This gave him extra time to get more power under his throw.
The Hail mary never looks good but this one worked out perfectly for the Auburn Tigers.
At this point in the game this may have been a huge risk. Down by six, three yards to go with 13:50 on the clock, fourth down. Cam Newton lines up and calls max protection. While Newton doesn't do any amazing tricks on, the video shows him being able to read the defense and find the only spot for the receiver to catch the pass.
Practically everything we've seen in Newton is about arm strength. This throw however shows his composure and accuracy which have been question marks for him coming into the NFL. On this play Newton took his time out of the shotgun and read the defense perfectly.
What is most impressive about this throw is that Newton places it only where the receiver can catch it. He drops it perfectly on the outside shoulder. He is able to make this difficult throw across his body.
Cam Newton is a physical beast. At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Newton is bigger than most linebackers. He is incredibly strong and part of the reason that he is able to scramble and take the hits that he takes is because he is so big.
With a lineman wrapped around him and falling out of bounds, Newton uses the entire strength of his upper body to heave the ball downfield after getting some lift by jumping as he goes down. Some of this might be luck but some of this is just amazing.