Another Newton will be an Auburn Tiger.
First, there was quarterback Cam Newton, who led the program to the 2010 national title while winning the Heisman Trophy. Now, his brother will follow in his footsteps.
According to a Twitter post Friday evening from Caylin Newton, he is Auburn-bound. Auburn Undercover has since confirmed this news.
Caylin Newton, a 6-foot, 195-pound grad transfer who played quarterback at Howard, will be a preferred walk-on with Auburn — at least at first. He is coming aboard the program as an athlete, meaning he could play anywhere from quarterback to receiver, and will have a chance to earn a scholarship.
Newton will have two years of eligibility.
Once a 3-star recruit from Atlanta (Ga.) Grady, the younger Newton signed with Howard out of high school. He was the 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore, Newton then was named the conference’s offensive player of the year. In 2019, Newton played in only a few games at Howard before entering the transfer portal in early October. That allowed him to preserve this year of eligibility and redshirt.
At Howard, Newton was 12-13 as the starting quarterback.
In 2017, he completed 133 of 163 passes for 2,432 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 753 yards. The following season, Newton completed 156 of 304 passes for 2,629 yards, 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while adding another 504 yards rushing.
As a freshman, Newton led Howard to the biggest point-spread upset in college football history. The Bison, 45-point underdogs to UNLV, beat the Rebs 43-40.
After announcing his transfer from Howard last fall, Newton told The Undefeated, “While I’m playing football, I want to be able to compete at the highest level and compete for a championship.”
-Jason Caldwell contributed to this report.