Another quarterback with Newton sewn on the back of his navy blue and burnt orange jersey could soon terrorize the SEC west. The younger brother of Auburn legend Cam Newton, Caylin, recently transferred to his brother’s alma mater to hopefully compete for a starting job with the younger, Bo Nix.

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During his red-shirt freshman season when he was the definite starter for the Howard Bison, Newton threw for over 2600 passing yards with 555 yards rushing. However, in his most recent campaign as a red-shirt sophomore, Caylin Newton shared time on the field with a true freshman and left the team in October with intentions of transferring from Howard.

Newton and Nix share similar builds, however, their differences start to show when examining their stats. Keep in mind, Newton came from an FCS school, facing competition not as steep as the Division I FBS Auburn Tigers. Nevertheless, in 2018 Newton was named offensive player of the year in the MEAC while posting a 136.0 QB rating on the season.

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Similarly, Bo Nix would win the 2019 SEC freshman of the year award next to his 125.0 QB rating for the Tigers in his own inaugural season.

Though Newton already used his red-shirt season at Howard, he will still have two years of eligibility as an Auburn Tiger. Even after playing a full season, Bo Nix would still have the choice to red-shirt if he appears in four games or less. If Nix were to use the red-shirt option, he would be left with three full years of eligibility.

With similar stats, accolades, and years of eligibility left, the deciding factor will be their effort and success during fall camp for the Auburn Tigers. As the rest of SEC wonders who’ll be starting under center for Gus Malzahn, one thing we’re all starting to see is that August will be very interesting for Auburn Tiger Football.

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