AUBURN, Ala. — Quarterback Cam Newton is still looking for a new home in the NFL, but his younger brother, Caylin Newton, has found his in college.
The former Howard University quarterback announced Friday evening that he will follow in his older brother’s footsteps and transfer to Auburn.
Newton will be immediately eligible after graduating from Howard earlier this month. He’ll have two seasons of college eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2019 season.
Newton, a former walk-on, was a standout at the Football Championship Subdivision school located in Washington D.C, earning MEAC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman in 2017.
He completed 51% of his passes for 5,061 yards, carried 322 times for 1,257 yards and totaled 51 touchdowns over 21 games over two seasons from 2017-18, which included a 43-40 win against UNLV — the biggest point-spread upset in college football history (the Rebels were favored by 45).
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The 6-foot, 195-pound Atlanta native was named the 2019 MEAC preseason Player of the Year but played only four games before deciding to transfer transfer.
Cam Newton transferred to Auburn after playing two seasons at Florida. He sat out a year and played the 2010 season with the Tigers, winning the Heisman Trophy and the national championship.
Auburn currently has a quarterback in Bo Nix, as well as a pair of other players at the position in sophomore Cord Sandberg and 2020 signee Chayil Garnett. But that may not be all Newton can do — he has posted videos to his Instagram page of him working out and catching passes as a wide receiver.
“It’s weird seeing it, even weirder doing it,” he wrote on Instagram. “But I smell greatness on the horizon. Imma aflete!”
“You know we ROCKIN,” Cam Newton commented on Instagram. “Proud of you lil bra. Love.”
Josh Vitale is the Auburn beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshVitale.