Trovon Reed never caught a pass from Cam Newton during their shared 2010 at Auburn. But now Reed can say he’s been on the receiving end of an attempt from the Heisman Trophy winner.
Reed intercepted Newton in the fourth quarter Sunday in his San Diego Chargers’ matchup against Newton’s Carolina Panthers. The former Auburn defensive back, who started his career at wide receiver, jumped a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin and made a lunging interception.
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Reed then returned the interception 100 yards for a touchdown, out-juking Newton for the final stretch of the play. But officials overturned the touchdown after a review, saying he was touched down by Benjamin shortly after the interception.
The Louisiana native was at Auburn from 2010 to 2014. He switched from receiver to cornerback in 2014 and went undrafted in 2015. Reed bounced around on several practice squads until late last month, when he was promoted to the Chargers’ active roster for the first time in his career.
Reed’s interception of Newton was his first official stat in the NFL.
Newton’s Panthers had the last laugh in the exchange, though. Shortly after the interception, Carolina sacked San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers in the end zone for a safety.