Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is heaping plenty of praise on his coach, Mike Shula, who preceeded Nick Saban at Alabama.
Newton just finished his second year with the Carolina Panthers, and Shula was his quarterbacks coach. Shula recently was promoted to offensive coordinator.
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He also said his relationship with Shula was “unbelievable,” and credited the former Alabama coach with helping his development the second half of last season. After a turnover-plagued start to 2012, Newton accounted for 19 touchdowns, with only four turnovers, over the final nine games.
He had a 94.7 quarterback rating during that span, and broke Jake Delhomme’s team record by going 176 passes without an interception.
“I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he’s been coaching me up to do. I don’t think it’s going to be any different,” Newton said.