Rumor: Cam Newton to Transfer to Tennessee?
Insider Tennessee sources are indicating that Florida’s former backup quarterback, Cam Newton, has contacted Lane Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee, and that Tennessee has made an offer.
Cameron Newton was a highly recruited 5 star QB from Atlanta, Georgia. He was recruited by the Florida Gators in the class of 2007, and earned the #2 spot behind Tim Tebow over other freshman John Brantley. Newton then was redshirted in 2008 (despite playing in the Hawaii game).
Newton quickly made a name for himself with his great running skills and cannon for an arm. He rushed for 103 yards and passed for 40 yards during his five games that he played for Florida in 2007.
Last November, Newton was arrested for robbery in connection to a laptop that he says he purchased from an anonymous person. Newton then transferred to Blinn College in Texas after Urban Meyer suspended him from the team.
If Newton does go to Tennessee, he would compete with Senior Jonathan Crompton for the starting QB job. At 6’ 6”, and 250lbs, getting Newton would be a coup for Lane Kiffin and Tennessee, as the Tennessee program has had questions at QB for years. Newton would bring toughness and skill to their team, which is missing because of lackluster recruiting by former Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer.
If Cam Newton doesn’t transfer to Tennessee, another option may be Mississippi State, with new head coach Dan Mullen. Dan Mullen is the former offensive coordinator for the Gators, and already has a relationship with Newton.
Thanks goes Losers With Socks Tennessee Blog, for breaking the original story.