"The day I'm looking forward to you have to go through the practices to get to it," Newton said in speaking about the season opener against Arkansas State. "There is a lot of anticipation leading up to the season. I can't wait."
Winning over his coaches and teammates in spring practice, the 6-6, 250 Newton is a blend of strength, size, speed and athleticism unlike anything Auburn has likely ever seen at the quarterback position. Playing behind a veteran offensive line that knows what it takes to win, Newton said he's building confidence daily by the things they do and say.
"I feel protected," Newton said. "With guys already in the offense a year before I came they know the protections, they know the schemes, there's nothing new to them. When they come up to me and tell me they've got trust in me that plays a big role in the psyche of a player. Me knowing that in the back of my mind then the sky is the limit."
Not only listening to positive thoughts, Newton has been busy building up his teammates as well this summer in throwing sessions in the afternoons and morning workouts. He said this team has focused on becoming closer on and off the field and he believes it will play off.
"It's the little things like giving encouragement," Newton said. "Just talking to individuals at the complex or just at someone's house. As a team I think we've done a great job of coming together up to this point right now. We just have to keep going."
More comfortable in the offense after having a summer to fine tune things in Gus Malzahn's system, Newton said the biggest goal for him this fall is to get players the football and let them do the work.
One of those players could be freshman Trovon Reed. Always willing to put in the work over the summer including throwing with Newton while Auburn's Senior Camp was going on one field over, the Louisiana native has already caught the eye of his big quarterback.
"Since the first day Trovon Reed has pretty much come in and kicked the door down with his talent," Newton said. "Usually freshmen come in and do everything other than try to get better. Trovon is always a gnat to learn something new in this offense. With that attitude, a player like that will be great."
Reed will have his work cut out for him to work into the playing rotation this fall though as record-setting receiver Darvin Adams is back for his junior year along with big-play threat Terrell Zachery. Throw in senior Kodi Burns, junior Quindarius Carr, and a large group of younger players and Newton said he's excited about the things the Tigers can do in the passing game this fall.
"Every receiver brings something different to the table," Newton said. "There is no doubt we have talent on this team. I think it's up to me and coach Malzahn to get those guys the ball so they can do something special."