Auburn QB Cameron Newton has pretty much won over everyone in his first season in the SEC after he transferred from Blinn College.
Newton began his career at Florida, but he was arrested in '08 for stealing a laptop computer. He transferred to Blinn in Brenham, Texas where he spent one season and led the team to the junior college national title.
Now he's back in the SEC, and tearing up what is widely regarded as the best college football conference in the nation. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds he physically is one of the most imposing QBs since Vince Young did whatever he wanted on a football field at UT.
Newton is completing 63 percent of his passes with 9 TDs and 3 ints. He's the Tigers leading rusher with 485 yards on 75 carries for a healthy 6.5 yards per rush average. He has five rushing TDs. He also has one catch for 22 yards.
Cameron Epple is an offensive lineman at Lamar; he played last season in front of Newton at Blinn.
"I'm telling you he's physically the most impressive human being I've ever seen in my life," Epple said this week of Newton. "Cam Newton is a physical anomaly. I don't what to say about him. He would work out with the offensive linemen at Blinn there in the summer for conditioning. Watching him run was amazing; he would just glide across the field.
"He really kept to himself there. I never really asked him about what happened at Floriday. I think he was just trying to clean up his act, and get his business done without any hiccups."
- Mac Engel
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