AUBURN, Ala. — Former Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton, the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers starter Cam Newton, said he is transferring to Auburn.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder from Atlanta announced his decision Friday night via Twitter, following in his older brother's footsteps by joining the Southeastern Conference program.
Cam started his college career at Florida before spending a year in the junior college ranks and then returning to the SEC with Auburn. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 while leading the Tigers to a 14-0 record and the national championship that season, with Auburn beating Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game.
Caylin will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. He entered the NCAA's transfer portal in October after playing in four games for the Bison. He will walk on with the Tigers, who are already at their 85-player scholarship limit for the 2020 season.
He was the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference offensive player of the year after passing for 2,629 yards and rushing for 504 yards, and the former Grady High School standout was the league's rookie of the year as a freshman in 2017.
Auburn returns starting quarterback Bo Nix, who impressed as a freshman in 2019, but has scant experience behind him.
Caylin's older brother remains an NFL free agent. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Cam was the league MVP in the 2015 season, when he led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 — they lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos in what wound up being Peyton Manning's final game — but he has battled injuries the past two seasons and was released in March as Carolina began rebuilding under first-year coach Matt Rhule.