Auburn names Newton No. 1 QB

Cam Newton will enter the summer atop the Auburn depth chart at quarterback, beating out three other contenders following spring drills that concluded with the team’s annual spring game on March 27.

Head coach Gene Chizik announced on Wednesday during a team meeting that the junior-college transfer and one-time Florida Gator would enter the summer workouts as the No. 1 QB and the leader of Gus Malzahn’s offense.

“After thoroughly evaluating our quarterbacks during spring practice and over the last week, Cam has emerged as our post-spring No. 1 quarterback,” Chizik said in a statement. “Obviously, he will have a lot of work to do over the summer and during two-a-days to continue along this path. We fully expect our other quarterbacks to continue to work hard and compete with Cam during the offseason and into fall camp.”

Newton officially held off fellow signal-callers Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley in the QB derby.

The 6-6, 247-pound Newton was the favorite to win the job because of his ability to run and throw, which perfectly fits what Malzahn wants in a quarterback running his spread offense.

While he attempted only eight passes in four series during the spring showcase — although he did connect on a 61-yard pass thrown deep down the middle of the field — the coaching staff likely didn’t want to tip its hand and allow spies from other teams to get a close look at the offense. The unusual vanilla offense from Malzahn during the game was in stark contrast to the up-tempo pace ran throughout the spring by the offensive unit — a rhythm that should cause problems for the opposition in the fall.

Newton threw for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns for Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, last season while adding 655 rushing yards and 16 scores on the ground.

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