Newton set the NFL rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks on December 4, 2011, rushing for his 13th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.
It was his third of the game which resulted in a 38–19 win.
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.
With a quarterback rating of 110.4, he also rushed for a touchdown, and became the first rookie to throw for 400 yards in his first career game.
His 422 passing yards broke Peyton Manning's rookie record for most passing yards on opening day.
In his second career game, a 30–23 home loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, Newton broke his own record, set the weekend previously, with 432 yards passing, throwing and rushing for a touchdown.
Newton increased his team's record to 2–5 with a week 7 win over the Washington Redskins 33–20.
Before the draft, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson asked Newton to maintain his clean-cut appearance after Newton told Richardson he had no tattoos or piercings and was thinking about growing his hair longer.