Cam Newton's Brother Caylin Announces Transfer to Auburn from Howard

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Caylin Newton #3 of the Howard Bison throws against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Howard won 43-40.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The younger brother of quarterback Cam Newton is following in his sibling's footsteps and transferring to Auburn University. 

Caylin Newton, a redshirt junior, will join the Tigers from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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The Atlanta native lit up the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018, leading the league in passing with 2,629 yards, 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He was named the 2019 MEAC Preseason Player of the Year but announced his intent to transfer after four games in October.     

While not as highly touted as Cam coming out of high school, Caylin made a name for himself early at Howard by leading a 43-40 upset over UNLV in his first college game, passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns while gaining 140 yards and a score on the ground.

It was the largest upset versus the spread in college football history. The Bison entered the game as 45-point road underdogs. Caylin's performance caught the attention of Division I coaches around the country.

His older brother won the Heisman Trophy with the Tigers in 2010 before being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL draft and going on to be named the 2015 NFL MVP.

As for Caylin, it's unclear if he'll play quarterback at Auburn or switch positions. Josh Vitale of the Montgomery Advertiser noted Newton has recently posted videos to Instagram in which he's working out at wide receiver. 

At 6'0", 195 pounds, Newton could fit in as a slot receiver. If he stays at quarterback, he'll likely need to bide his time with true sophomore Bo Nix coming off an impressive freshman campaign. Nix passed for 2,542 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions and led Auburn to a 9-4 record.

Because Newton graduated from Howard and only played four games in 2019, he'll be able to play immediately in 2020 with two years of eligibility left.