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January 15, 2013

Cam Newton not too cool for school

Cam Newton

AUBURN, Ala. — Cam’s trading in his playbook for a notebook for the spring.

Auburn University confirmed – as did rampant paparazzi-like pictures on Twitter – that Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and current Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl quarterback, is back on campus taking classes to work toward his degree.

Newton will continue to study sociology, his major during his lone season on the Plains three falls ago. An Auburn spokesman was not sure of how many credits Newton, who previously attended Florida and Blinn (Texas) Community College, needed to earn his diploma.

Head coach Gus Malzahn, the Tigers’ offensive coordinator during Newton’s sensational season resulting in Auburn’s second national championship, first tweeted the exciting news Tuesday morning: “Happy to see my man Cam back at AU this semester working toward his degree. #wareagle”

Many NFL teams conduct organized team activities, or OTAs, in late April and early May, though not all veterans are always required to participate. Auburn’s spring semester completes final exams on May 3.

Newton has started all 32 games at quarterback in his two seasons since being drafted No. 1 overall by Carolina in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has thrown for 40 touchdowns and ran for 22 more, while the Panthers have compiled a 13-19 record with Newton at the helm.

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