(AP File Photo/ The Decatur Daily/ Gary Cosby Jr)
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton admits he's going to have a hard time following up on what his baby brother accomplished when he takes the field for the Carolina Panthers in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
Freshman Caylin Newton stole the spotlight this past Saturday when he led Howard, a 45-point underdog, to stunning 43-40 win over UNLV in the biggest upset in college football history based on point spread.
"Every Newton that I know is a winner," Cam Newton said proudly of his brother, a freshman quarterback at Howard.
Newton had 190 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns in the win over UNLV. He also threw for 140 yards and a touchdown.
The elder Newton said he knew his younger brother was getting frustrated with the recruiting process when he was in high school. Caylin, just 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, didn't quite get Cam's size (6-5, 245). As a result, most of the big schools ignored him.
Newton's big advice for little brother was to be patient.
"It's a (testament) to his hard work," Cam Newton said. "For a person that wasn't highly recruited and saw his brother have all of the accolades and stardom coming out of high school, I just told him be patient and that everything works for the greater good. Everything in your heart still will still come to pass. No matter if you are at Idaho Tech or wherever, they are going to find you. You just do your part and everything else will take care of itself."
Caylin wound up at Howard, not a school known for its football prowess.
But Cam said that bigger schools forgot to account for the size of Caylin's heart.
"He has that 'it factor' to have guys follow him,'" Newton said. "That's what you want in your quarterback. To take a program like Howard that isn't necessarily known for certain things and change the whole retrospect of the way people think. .... I told him you are giving people hope."