Football

 
5 - Cam Newton
Cam Newton
Height: 6-1
Weight: 203
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bennettsville, S.C.
High School: Marlboro County
Position: FS
Furman: Two-time All-Southern Conference performer and All-America candidate who will again anchor Furman's secondary from his free safety position...will serve as a team captain along with Brian Bratton, Ben Bainbridge, and Mike Killian...returns for his third season of starting duty on a SoCon leading defense that, in all, counts nine returning starters from a year ago...has started in 23 consecutive games...emotional, hard hitting player with proven big play ability...had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in Furman's final spring scrimmage...clocked a 4.46 40-yard dash in shorts in spring testing to rank second only to Isaac West's team best mark of 4.43...fifth on the squad in the vertical jump with leap of 37.5"...also posted the seventh best lift in the power clean (341) and ninth highest mark in the bench press (405) in spring testing...tied for 12th on Furman's career interceptions ledger with nine pickoffs. 2003 -- Unanimous All-Southern Conference selection by league head coaches and media...started in all 11 games and headlined a Paladin secondary and Furman defense that led NCAA I-AA in passing defense (132.8 ypg) and paced the SoCon in pass efficiency defense (97.5 rating), total defense (272.5 ypg), and scoring defense (14.1 ppg)...pass defense numbers are even more remarkable when considering team finished next to last in SoCon in sacks with 10...led team with three interceptions...totaled 61 tackles to lead all Paladin defensive backs...notched a career high 11 tackles versus Georgia Southern...had seven tackles, an interception, and forced fumble in season opener against Elon (24-7 win)...came back the following week with nine stops versus eventual Peach Bowl champion Clemson (28-17 loss)...had superb performance in 19-13 win at Western Carolina, recording four tackles, an interception, and a blocked field goal...returned pickoff 28 yards to the Catamount 7-yard line to set up touchdown...took home Furman's Best Defensive Back Award. 2002 -- Put together an impressive inaugural starting season at free safety, taking over for graduated all-conference performer Josh Cooper...was named all-conference in voting by league media after racking up 57 tackles, six interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and nine pass deflections...interceptions total matched all-conference teammate cornerback Rodney Johnson's season high tally and ranked second in the league, helping Furman to conference best 17 pickoffs...team ranked second in the league in passing defense (152.4 ypg) -- an impressive figure when considering Paladins ranked last in the conference with only eight sacks in 12 games...pass deflections number also tied Johnson for team lead...101 yards in interception returns paced squad...played a key role in Furman going 8-4, earning its program record fourth straight NCAA I-AA playoff bid, and No. 9 final national ranking...reeled off interceptions in five consecutive games beginning with a 55-28 triumph over VMI...recorded a pair of tackles, a fumble recovery, and a interception (which he returned for 38 yards) against Appalachian State...notched eight tackles, an interception, and a season high three pass deflections versus Western Carolina (24-23 win)...tallied seven stops and a pickoff (19-yard return) in 37-10 triumph over The Citadel...registered season high nine tackles versus Vanderbilt and Richmond (17-7 win)...underwent shoulder surgery following the season...did not participate in 2003 spring practice. 2001 -- Earned significant playing time as a backup free safety, and in nickel back situations...also contributed on special teams...recorded 22 tackles, including two-for-loss, over 11-game regular season...notched five tackles each against Elon (46-7 win) and VMI (65-7 win)...saw action in all four playoff games. 2000 -- Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.

High School: 2000 graduate of Marlboro County High School...football coach was Dean Boyd...played defensive back and quarterback...earned first team all-state honors and was a Shrine Bowl selection...rushed for over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns and threw for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior while leading Marlboro County to a 10-2 record and appearance in the state AAAA playoffs...scored three rushing touchdowns in a 21-7 win over Cheraw and tallied 270 yards in total offense in a 38-28 win over North Augusta...totaled 90 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back...was a starter on Marlboro County's 15-0 state championship team in 1998, his junior year...also starred in basketball...averaged 18.0 ppg on a 21-5 team that finished as 2000 state runner-up...hit the game winning shot versus Wilson in the lower state title game.

Personal: Cameron Lamark Newton...son of Patricia Newton and Campbell Walls, Jr...born May 19, 1982, in Darlington, South Carolina...brother, Syvelle Newton, plays football at South Carolina...business administration major.