Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton finds
a springboard for success at Blinn College
More than 40 Blinn College football players have used their Buccaneer football career as a springboard to the NFL, but none of those players are as immediately identifiable with Blinn's rich football tradition as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
A Westlake (Ga.) High School product, Newton played two years at the University of Florida as Tim Tebow's backup before deciding to transfer. With the help of his family, Newton had his choice of junior college football programs, but he wanted his new school to feature a strong academic reputation to go along with its gridiron excellence.
He chose Blinn College.
Although Newton had not been a starting quarterback for almost three years, it didn't take long for him to regain his footing as he threw for 2,833 yards with 22 touchdowns and ran for another 655 yards in leading the Buccaneers to the program's fourth national championship. By season's end, Newton was ranked the No. 1 quarterback available from either the high school or junior college ranks by Rivals.com.
After signing with Auburn University, Newton became just the third player in major college football history to pass for 30 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season. During his first season at Auburn, Newton led the top-ranked Auburn Tigers to a 13-0 record and the 2010 national championship. On Dec. 11, 2010, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player in the nation. In addition, Newton was the recipient of the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He was also named a first-team All-American by numerous organizations.
Newton finished the season ranked first in the nation in total points responsible for (21.84 per game) and in passing efficiency with a rating of 182.05. He also led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in rushing (105.21 yards) and total offense (309.07 yards), and became the first player in SEC history and the eighth different player in NCAA history to pass for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
The Carolina Panthers made Newton the top selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. During his inaugural season, he broke several records, including the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback (4,051) and was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pepsi-Cola Rookie of the Year.
Newton recently began a charitable organization, the Cam Newton Foundation, which is committed to enhancing the lives of youth by addressing their social, physical, educational and emotional needs. The Foundation strives to emphasize the importance of making education a priority by addressing the barriers that impede the learning process. The Cam Newton Foundation also recognizes physical fitness and health as a vital element of comprehensive youth development and its relationship to leading a well-rounded and fulfilling life.