Cam Newton rooting for one of Auburn's opponents to win the Heisman
After winning the 2010 Heisman Trophy during his only season at Auburn, former Tigers quarterback Cam Newton knows a thing or two about what it takes to bring home the award. Arguably the greatest Auburn quarterback in school history, Cam sees potential from another Tiger to win the award, however Newton isn’t talking about one of Auburn’s players but instead Clemson’s junior quarterback Deshaun Watson.
After helping mentor Watson as a youngster during one of his 7-on-7 camps, Newton is hoping to see his former pupil take his game to new heights this season and win his own Heisman Trophy.
“He’s unbelievable,” Newton said, according to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports. “I’m hoping he gets the Heisman this year.”
Auburn’s defensive efforts will certainly be focused on slowing down Clemson’s star quarterback come Sept. 3. If the Tigers have any chance of pulling the home upset to open the season, they’ll need to contain the damage Watson inflicts on their defense.
While the relationship between the two quarterbacks goes back some ways, it’s interesting to hear Newton heaping praise on Auburn’s opening opponent – although Newton’s certainly is not alone in his praise of Watson.
According to betting site Bovada, Watson is currently the odds on favorite to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy heading into the summer. LSU junior running back Leonard Fournette has the second best odds, with Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly, Georgia junior running back Nick Chubb, Tennessee senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs and Alabama sophomore receiver Calvin Ridley also currently have odds to win college football’s most prestigious individual award.