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Panthers QB Cam Newton: My Heisman vote going to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) has at least one vote for the Heisman Trophy. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Wednesday his vote would go to Watson.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) has at least one vote for the Heisman Trophy. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Wednesday his vote would go to Watson. AP

A few weeks before his ballot is due, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows who’s getting his Heisman vote – Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson, a native of Gainesville, Ga., who has led the Tigers to the No. 1 ranking, played on the first 7-on-7 all-star team that Newton took to a national tournament in Florida in 2012.

“That’s my little brother, man. I’ve seen Deshaun grow,” Newton said Wednesday. “When I first met Deshaun he was in 11th grade and he was on my all-star team. He was always eager. He was like a sponge. Quiet, but yet always looking to see how he could make his game better. For me to see him playing down the road at Clemson, it’s great.”

Watson is coming off a big game at Syracuse, where he completed 34 of 47 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 101 yards and a score.

The performance bumped Watson from fifth to second – behind Alabama running back Derrick Henry – in USA Today’s weekly Heisman survey.

“When you see a kid that you nurtured for so long and now he’s making a big impact in college football, it’s kind of a big deal. Potentially a Heisman Trophy winner, hopefully,” Newton said of Watson. “I’m pretty sure he’s looking at this saying I better get (Newton’s) vote.”

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