WINTER GARDEN, Florida — Woody Barrett doesn’t just want to be Auburn’s starting quarterback, he wants to emulate one of the greatest players to ever play inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“His hero is Cam Newton,” West Orange High coach Bob Head told SEC Country. “He tries to display his play after him. He wore No. 1.”
Barrett displays the same type of body style, playing style and skills of Newton — at least on the high school level. It’s why some have compared him to Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winner from 2010 and the NFL’s MVP in 2015. Newton’s life on and off the field has not been short on controversy or criticism.
“On the field, that’s my idol,” Barrett said. “The way he carries himself. Everybody talks bad about him but when he’s doing good, everybody wants to be on his team.”
Barrett (6-foot-2, 232 pounds) has a long way to go before the comparisons can mirror reality. He has to win Auburn’s starting job first, which he hopes to do in August, and then show he’s capable of playing in the SEC. It’s quite the task and he may still be a few years away from getting to that point of being comfortable — and taking hit after hit — in the SEC.
Barrett shattered records at West Orange High as a senior, throwing for 2,018 yards and rushing for 1,413 yards while scoring 43 total touchdowns. He did not play in at least a portion of eight of the 14 games on the schedule because of blowout scores, so his numbers could have easily been even better. He was named the Class 8A Player of the Year for his efforts.
“He has the ability,” Head said. “That’s half the battle: just being able to have the size, strength, arm strength, intangibles. He has them. Now it’s just a matter of him going out and doing what Cam did: perform at a high level in big games through the course of a whole season in the SEC.”
One additional item in Barrett’s favor?
“Their offense is so tailor made for him,” Head said.
SEC Country’s Auburn signees tour
- Mr. Baseball: How 1 game convinced Auburn’s Jayvaughn Myers to play football
- Quarterback Woody Barrett willing to be role player at Auburn
- Freshman Nate Craig-Myers expects to be Auburn’s top receiver in 2016
- Is the time now for Woody Barrett as Auburn’s quarterback?
- Woody Barrett shows off skills, states his case for Auburn’s quarterback job
- 1-on-1: Auburn’s Nate Craig-Myers vs. Jayvaughn Myers