Cecil Newton is scheduling his son, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, to have a workout in front of the media in San Diego on Feb. 10, his quarterback coach George Whitfield told ESPN.
The Auburn quarterback arrived in San Diego over the weekend and finished his fourth day of working with Whitfield on Thursday. Much of the emphasis has been on getting Newton, who had played primarily out of the shotgun formation in a spread offense in college, acclimated to working from under center and throwing in rhythm while improving his footwork. The results have "blown away" Whitfield, as well as the elder Newton.
"Cam is ready arm-wise and footwork-wise," Whitfield said Thursday night. "We've had a heckuva of regimen, but he has really made some giant strides in getting this routine from under center down. His dad is seeing that, and saying let's go public before the [NFL] Combine."
Whitfield, who last year worked with Ben Roethlisberger while the Steelers quarterback was suspended by the NFL, said the Feb. 10 workout, tentatively scheduled for Cathedral High School, will last between an hour and 90 minutes. "He'll do a lot of drops, a lot of perimeter throws, a lot of things from in the pocket -sliding and moving from pressure and a lot of things in rhythm and taking some snaps from under center, where he'll take the five and seven [-step drops.]"
In addition to working with Whitfield, Newton also has trained with a speed coach and a trainer in San Diego. "He weighed in at 250 with six percent body fat," said Whitfield. "Cam's been game for everything we've thrown at him. I'm amazed at some of the things he can do athletically."
Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.