HBCU Football

QB Caylin Newton says Howard is not a tune-up game for Ohio University

Cam Newton’s younger brother in spotlight again after huge upset in last season’s opener against UNLV

It’s unlikely that Howard University’s football team will surprise Ohio University in their season opener Saturday as the Bison did to UNLV last season. That’s because quarterback Caylin Newton has been on ESPN’s SportsCenter and all over social media as the hero of one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

Newton is coming off a record-breaking season and is on the Black College Football 2018 Player of the Year Award watch list, along with Bison junior wide receiver Jequez Ezzard.

Newton, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, is adamant that the Bison are not a “tune-up” for Ohio’s Mid-American Conference season. “The coach said we’re a tune-up game. I take that personal. We’re not anybody’s tune-up,” said Newton, referring to Bobcats coach Frank Solich’s remarks in an interview last week.

Bison coach Mike London made sure to post the interview quotes in the office and team room.

Howard finished 7-4 last season, and Newton and his teammates have been working overtime to improve. “The team workouts were difficult. They prepared us for this season. They prepared us for the long run,” Newton said. His preseason workouts included a session with Cam Newton and some of the Panthers receivers. His biggest improvements this season, he said, will be his ability to make adjustments and read coverages.