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April 15, 2013

Newton juggling class and offseason workouts

Panthers third-year quarterback Cam Newton will be back and forth between Charlotte and Alabama a lot the next couple of weeks as he wraps up his coursework at Auburn.

Newton is expected to be in Charlotte this week for the team's offseason workouts, which began Monday at Bank of America Stadium. But Newton likely will return to Auburn next week, his father, Cecil Newton, said Monday.

Offseason workouts in the NFL are voluntary by rule, although having Newton in attendance should be beneficial for a Panthers' team that went a combined 13-19 his first two seasons.

The first two weeks of the offseason program consist of strength and conditioning exercises, and physical therapy for injured players. The Panthers will have OTA practices in May and June, and a mandatory minicamp for veterans June 11-13.

Newton, who spent one year at Auburn after stints at Florida and Blinn (Texas) Junior College, resumed work on his sociology degree this semester.

Cecil Newton said his son should be able to complete his degree requirements next spring.

Newton said in February his return to campus was “a circus,” with students asking for autographs and, in one instance, a date. Cecil Newton said initially “it was something of a reality check” for his son to be back in a classroom for the first time in two years.

“It has its challenges. As a student, you have to put your work in. … You've got to be in class at a certain time. Assignments are due certain dates,” the elder Newton said. “I think it was a great gesture by him to try to finish this thing out.”

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, also returned to school this semester at Boston College. Kuechly is in Charlotte this week participating in the workouts.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on April 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Permalink


Great job by these cornerstones. Keep up the excellent work. '''Start of something Special''' GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Apr 15, 2013 10:50:36 AM

So the Observer can only get info on Cam through Cecil??? hilarious.

I am sure he's working real hard in class.

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 15, 2013 10:51:17 AM

What a great idea to finish what you started. Now that's something the Panthers need more of. Leadership from the QB position. Go Cam...

Posted by: CAM FAN 2 | Apr 15, 2013 11:10:58 AM

What a great idea to finish what you started. Now that's something the Panthers need more of. Leadership from the QB position. Go Cam...

Posted by: CAM FAN 2 | Apr 15, 2013 11:10:58 AM

"I am sure he's working real hard in class."

If his work with the Panthers is any indication I bet you are right. Cam Newton is a hard worker on and off the field.

Posted by: MTNH2O | Apr 15, 2013 12:38:19 PM

Is he paying the school this time around or are they still paying him?

Posted by: Nick | Apr 15, 2013 12:45:14 PM

Tell it Nick!

He's getting done awfully fast. I guess he had a lot of credits from Blinn College that transferred into his degree at Auburn.

Has anyone at the Observer spoken with Luke's daddy on his progress at school??? hahaha

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 15, 2013 12:48:59 PM

OK, show hands. How many people thought that since it's Auburn, he was actually taking a juggling class?

Posted by: Authority | Apr 15, 2013 12:57:37 PM

If classwork was a reality check for Cam- then he must have one easy slack A--- schedule as a professional football player--

Posted by: Netranger | Apr 15, 2013 1:35:39 PM

I seriously thought it said Juggling Class at first....and I believed that one.

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 15, 2013 1:42:01 PM

Cam Newton haters shut it up!! We stand behind our QB and our entire panther team...You guys are pricks

Posted by: PantherNation | Apr 15, 2013 3:08:05 PM

he's Vince Young 2.0

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 15, 2013 3:58:08 PM

Big Gulps, you ARE Vince Young. Dude, let it go. No one is going to hire you to play football again. UPS is hiring. Sheesh! lol

Posted by: Nat Turner | Apr 15, 2013 4:45:24 PM

Y'all Racist Mo Fos!

Posted by: Me | Apr 15, 2013 4:47:37 PM

"Cam Newton haters shut it up!! We stand behind our QB and our entire panther team...You guys are pricks"

thats nice there were a lot of people who stood behind the governing party in Germany in the 1930s and they were wrong too!

Posted by: netranger | Apr 15, 2013 6:01:14 PM

Panthers having a winning season--OH YES WE CAM

Posted by: Gregster | Apr 15, 2013 9:18:34 PM

The fact is that all the racists haters follow the Panthers is because the NHL Hockey Team sucks..LOL

Posted by: KLOVE | Apr 15, 2013 11:11:15 PM

Why do all you people that throw the Panther's and Cam under the bus always read articles about them and then make such jealous comments, would it be that you don't have a life or is it that you are envious of their life;whatever the reason,how about making your childish comments somewhere else,like maybe in a comic strip. That should fit your I.Q.just about right.

Posted by: officer jim | Apr 16, 2013 9:50:09 AM

I think it is great what Cam and Luke is doing. I think Cam is getting the big picture that the NFL is not for life. Get your degree and be successful after your career is over. Good job by both men!!!!

Posted by: dre3000 | Apr 16, 2013 3:02:52 PM

all you caroline Aherne Panthers haters you can tell you you know nothing about football.... what status cam.and our offense finished last year and the year before. come back with those stats and then we will talk. we could lose our football team you idiots. wow you guys out there that played peewee Pal football.... let's talk some real ball.... I bet none of you haters even watch the full game. I have set through one in 15 seasons.... wasted four hours of my Sunday time I would use to think. week in week out... the Panthers will prevail this season. we are a young team and we will be a powerhouse in the NFC South!!! South Gastonia baby!!

Posted by: razzle dazzle j. bazzle | Apr 19, 2013 4:56:17 PM

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