Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cameron Newton named starter....

Head Coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn didn't want to wait until the fall this year to name their starting QB. Both coaches have repeatedly told the media that they wanted to have a starter named after spring practice so that the team could begin to adjust and the starter could start getting the most reps with the first team offense. Today, Gene Chizik named his starting QB as Cameron Newton. "Cam" has been the odds on fan favorite to start since he stepped on campus last January, and with good reason.

Newton is huge for a QB at 6'6" and somewhere around 250 pounds. Not only that, but he moves unbelievably well for a QB his size and has continually been clocked in the 4.5 range in the forty yard dash. He'll be very tough for defenders to bring down when they can get to him and when plays break down, he can tuck it and pick up big yardage for the offense with his feet.

He's not just an athlete playing QB though. He's got a cannon for an arm and can make any of the throws he needs to make to be a big time QB in the SEC. If you're judging potential for Cam Newton, the sky is truly the limit. He'll be able to hit receivers and make the plays with his arm that Gus Malzahn needs, but he'll bring the added dimension of being able to run that should give SEC teams fits all year long. For more on the story, Scott Reaves at AuburnEagle.com has a nice report. Check it out below....

Newton named #1

You may also want to check out an article written by the guys at Southern Pigskin. They have a nice breakdown on Cam as well....

Southern Pigskin Article

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