Gus Malzahn knows a thing or two about prolific quarterbacks. He coached former Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton when he was the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2010.
On Saturday, Malzahn will face the reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel when his Auburn team visits Texas A&M.
“I would say probably those two are probably two of the best that ever played the game in college football,” Malzahn said. “We only got to see Cam Newton for one year, but this guy, he’s in the same element. They’re different, but they’re still some of the best to every play.”
Newton, who originally began his college career at Florida, played just one year at Auburn and led the Tigers to the 2010 national championship. He threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdown, and he even caught a touchdown.
Last year, Manziel did his best Newton impression with 26 touchdowns through the air and 21 on the ground. He already has 19 combined scores this season.
“Johnny is a great football player, and he’s playing at a level that people don’t even really see, as well as Clemson’s Tahj Boyd,” Newton said. “There are a lot of players across the nation that are playing great football at the quarterback position.”
Still, Newton thinks Auburn will the game Saturday.