Biography of Cam Newton
By: Heath Stevens
Dr. Lisa Cantrell
Thesis- Cam Newton is a phenomenal quarterback who has overcame many obstacles in his personal life in order to be where he is today.
II. High School
Cameron Jerrell Newton, or Cam as he is better known, was born on May 11, 1989 to Cecil Newton Sr. and Jackie Newton (Levin). It is probably a fair statement to say that Cam hails from a football centered family, as his dad had experience in the NFL, and his brother, Cecil Newton Jr., currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL (Levin). He is originally from College Park, Georgia, and attended Westlake High School (Gene). While in high school, his exploits on the football field earned him a coveted five-star rating, which constitutes him as one of the top thirty high school football in the United States of America in 2007(Gene). At this point, Cam chose to further his career at the University of Florida. However, he was forced to leave the University of Florida when he was convicted on charges of stealing another student’s laptop (Florida). Cam decided to resume his playing career at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas with hopes of once again earning an athletic scholarship to play Division 1-A college football (Gene). While At Blinn, Cam won an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) national championship (Gene). He was also named the NJCAA player of the year. Once again proving his prowess on the football field, Cam had many offers to enter into the ranks of one of college football’s elite programs, and this time he chose to sign with Auburn University (Gene). A year prior to Cam’s arrival at Auburn University, a man by the name of Gene Chizik was lured away from Iowa State University to become the new head coach at Auburn University (Gene). When he hired his staff, he brought in a man known as Gus Malzahn to coordinate his Stevens 4
Gus brought an offensive system commonly referred to as the spread option, which requires above all a quarterback with a very specific skill set that allows him to both be adept at running with and throwing the football. This system fit Cam to a tee, as he personally mixes an arm with throwing power comparable to a cannon, and also very good speed as he has been clocked as low as 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash (Gene). With Cam’s personal playing style, and the offense which he was going to asked to run at Auburn, the huge stats and accolades where inevitably bound to happen. Whenever Cam arrived at Auburn in the summer of 2010, he did so to much fanfare and hype (Gene). As practices began, all of the tools Cam possessed began helping him to exhibit a high propensity for making big time plays (Gene). While Cam and Auburn University together were expected to have a good year, no one expected for them to be as dominating as they showed throughout the 2010 season (Gene). While they received consideration to be included in the preseason top 25, they were omitted from the final list (2010). They were not even picked to finish well in conference since they are a member of the preeminent conference of college football, the SEC, and shared the western division of the conference with preseason number 1 and archrival, the University of Alabama (Staff). Auburn opened their 2010 season at home on September 4, 2010 against Arkansas State University (www.auburnfootball.com). They easily won this game by a final score of 52-26, and as a result became ranked at 22 (Gene). Cam highlighted what an explosive player he was by totaling 357 yards of offense by himself (Gene). This 357 yards of offense was broken down into 171 yards rushing and 186 yards passing (Gene). This debut performance as an Auburn Tiger put him into elite company as he had the...