Quarterback Cam Newton has proved at every level that there’s nothing he can’t do. He’s front flipped his way into end zones for the Carolina Panthers en route to Pro Bowls, an MVP and a Super Bowl appearance; It’s no wonder the New England Patriots signed him to take over after Tom Brady‘s departure.
Before the talented 6-foot-5 passer was drafted by the Panthers first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, he burst on to the scene in the SEC at Auburn University. There, he rushed for more yards in one season than any quarterback in league history, broke Tim Tebow‘s single-season total offense record, won the Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship.
Newton was a human highlight reel in his lone season on The Plains. His memorable “Heisman moment” touchdown run helped topple LSU and made Tigers defenders look like they were running in slow motion. The “Camback” proved no lead was insurmountable for Mr. Newton. The dude even once broke the world record for most one-handed catches in a minute.
It should come as no surprise, then, that when Cameron Newton lined up at wide receiver against Ole Miss in 2010 that a pass was coming his way.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn pulled out the trickery with his team down 7-0 to the Rebels in the first quarter. He went with the wildcat formation. Wide receiver Kodi Burns took the snap while Newton lined up by the sideline as a receiver.
The result is why Cam Newton earned the nickname “Super Cam.”
Cam Newton’s TD Catch Against Ole Miss
There’s just no stopping a man that big, especially one who’s got a cannon, runs like a running back and can high point a ball as well.
Newton’s 20-yard touchdown catch helped Auburn breeze past Ole Miss, 51-31, in Oxford, Mississippi. He also threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
He told Auburn Athletics that the catch wasn’t all that difficult.
“The quarterback position is similar to a wide receiver,” he said in an interview about the touchdown pass and catch. “Hand-eye coordination is very important at the quarterback position. Throwing me a football really isn’t nothing but an extended snap play in my eyes.”
That sounds an awful lot like someone who knows he was the best player in college football.
Newton and the Auburn Tigers went on to steamroll Georgia and take down Alabama and South Carolina before defeating Oregon for the NCAA national title. His 1,473 rushing yards are not only an Auburn football record but an SEC single-season record for a quarterback.
There might not be another player that boasts Super Cam’s size, speed and incredible athleticism.