In the process, he broke Peyton Manning's record of 3,739 yards passing for a rookie.
On January 1, 2012 against the New Orleans Saints, Newton threw for 158 yards and becoming the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards. Over the course of the season, when Newton had a turnover, the team was 0–10; when he had no turnovers, the team went 6–0.
2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the 14th quarterback and 28th player overall.
He received scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.
Newton is the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span.
He was the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Pro Bowler, and was named to the NFL All Pro First Team in 2015.
A month later on September 1, 2011, he was named the Panthers' starting quarterback, ahead of Derek Anderson and Clausen.
In his NFL debut game on September 11, 2011, Newton was 24–37 passing for 422 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, in a 28–21 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Reactions were so strong that some even accused Richardson of racism.
His quarterbacks coach was Mike Shula, former head football coach of his college rival Alabama.
As a 16-year-old junior, he passed for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 638 yards and 9 touchdowns, gaining the attention of major college programs.
His senior year he was rated a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No.
The Panthers recorded their first victory of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars 16–10. The Panthers played the Atlanta Falcons, losing 31–17 while passing for 237 yards with no passing touchdowns.