Cam Newton is coming back to The Plains.
No, the former Auburn quarterback won’t be playing in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, but he will be an honorary member of the coaching staff when the Tigers host Alabama this weekend.
“He’s (Newton) going to be our honorary coach,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said on his radio show Monday night. “He’s coming at a good time.”
Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers (10-0) play the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, which allows Newton to come to the game. Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator during Newton’s only season at Auburn, reminisced on the 2010 Iron Bowl on Monday night. The Heisman Trophy winner led Auburn back from a 24-point deficit to beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
“I remember at halftime we were making adjustments and Cam just kind of took over and challenged everyone,” Malzahn said. “We went out there and scored the second play of the third quarter and he (Newton) came to the sideline and said we’re fixin’ (sic) to beat these boys. From there you could kind of sense it. We had the momentum.”
Auburn went on to win that game and defeat Oregon in the National Championship game to finish off a perfect 14-0 season.
The Tigers (6-5) will not be playing for any championships this season. Instead, Auburn is attempting to spoil No. 2 Alabama’s championship aspirations. A loss would effectively eliminate the Crimson Tide from the College Football Playoff race, and if Ole Miss defeats Mississippi State, Alabama would miss out on the SEC Championship game as well.
“It’s Iron Bowl week,” Malzahn said. “Our guys are ready.”
Auburn will be hoping Newton can bring them good luck this weekend.