QB Cam Newton's former coach from Blinn junior college, his brief stop between UF and Auburn gave a glowing report that I am just now getting too fully. I posted a fanshot on it earlier but thought it was worth further exploration. My apologies this causes some overlap with the fanshot (Hatip to ALAC for the fanshot).
Here's some of the key remarks that as a Panther fan gets me excited because I really want to think this kid will be an elite QB:
"I was with him day after day, side by side, for a year," added Feldman, now Blinn's head coach. "I can't say enough good things about him. He's a yes-sir, no-sir kid, 100 percent trustworthy, with a strong passion to compete at anything. What a strong, strong leader.
I imagine its no surprise but Newton won the National Junior College Championship. More discussion after the jump...
So now that the Panthers and the rest of us have been tearing down every prospect over the past two months, peeling back the layers until there is absolutely nothing left. Now its time to build them back up. Newton has flaws in his mechanics, yes, but they are just as correctable as similar ones we saw in the other prospects.
Newton has taken a beating for character concerns and there is no denying he made some poor choices. But I think I would, just as it seems the Panthers will, place more credence in comments from people like Feldman:
"The first day here [in the offseason] they were all lifting, going after it hard. When it was over, they all thought it was done. But Cam, who doesn't even know these guys yet, says, 'I'm gonna be out there throwing if anyone wants to come.' Five or six go out. The next day, 10 or 15 are out with him. He comes in and says to me, 'Coach, you got five or six pass plays from our playbook you could draw up? We're going out there and we want to run some of our plays.' I said, "Wooooooo.' Then, later in the week, I see him out there running the stadium stairs, and a couple days later, he's got a bunch of guys out there with him. A natural leader, a strong, strong leader. Charismatic.
You can't coach this type of thing, the ability to inspire others. In the end there are so many intangibles and just the sheer fact of how this guy is a winner at every level...you just feel its too much to pass up.
I hope Feldman's experience with Newton is what the Panthers get with their faith and their #1 selection.