Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:43 pm

Cam Newton's media tour in full-force pre-Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton, the 11th overall prospect on CBSSports.com's list, is on a tour-de-force media campaign with UnderArmour right now (although, ahem, they haven't called ME since his recent signing with the company) as he makes sure that people know who he is before the Combine and NFL Draft.

Just in case, you know, the entire "my dad might have gotten paid to send me to college" and "I'm awesome enough to single-handedly get Auburn a national title" storylines from the past year didn't get everyone's attention.

Newton's slinging lines, too, in these interviews.

I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon," Newton told Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

Lest you think he's arrogant because of that, well, he's not. Or he is and he knows it. One of those.

"I don’t want to sound arrogant but I did something in one year people couldn't do in their whole collegiate careers," Newton told Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel in a separate interview. We had a chance to do something great and we did it."

Auburn most certainly did something special (the only question is how long that title will hold up) but I'm with Clark Judge on this one -- Cam needs to "get another line," when it comes to things he's planning on saying to the press and NFL teams.

What he needs to do is show NFL teams he's ready to step in and be a humble contributor (a la Tim Tebow) willing to work on developing his natural talent into a full-blown NFL career.

But then again, maybe Newton's on to something -- I've heard the Panthers are highly interested in drafting a "marketable star" with their top overall pick, and if Newton plays his cards right and can prove he's a franchise quarterback, he could end up at the top of the draft.

Which, oddly enough, is exactly where Chad Reuter had him in his most recent mock draft.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:53 pm

BCS Championship podcast with Karlos Dansby

Posted by Will Brinson

You might think because tonight's all about our college brethren, we have nothing to contribute. You'd be wrong.

See, we got a hold of Miami Dolphins linebacker and Auburn alum Karlos Dansby to chat about the BCS title game, Jim Harbaugh's hiring (Ed. Note: the interview actually happened on Friday, so it was "breaking" at the time), Tony Sparano getting run around on by Stephen Ross, Cam Newton's NFL hopes, whether Chad Henne can be a quarterback for a playoff contender, who he thinks will win the BCS title game, and what he does when he hangs out with Charles Barkley.

Bonus: Newton and Nick Fairley make a guest "appearance" as they come walking by Dansby and screaming and whooping and whatnot. It's rather comical.

Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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