Auburn got a bit of a New Year's Eve present.
Junior college quarterback Cameron Newton said Thursday he plans to sign with the Tigers and will enroll in school in January. Newton, who started his career at Florida before getting into trouble off the field and transferring to Blinn (Texas) College, will be able to go through spring practice -- which gives him a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job next season.
Newton was also considering Mississippi State. He passed for 22 touchdowns this season at Blinn and ran for 16 more touchdowns.
Newton joins a whole cast of players who will be vying for the Auburn starting quarterback job next season. Among them: juniors Neil Caudle and Kodi Burns, redshirt freshman Barrett Trotter and true freshmen Clint Moseley and Tyrik Rollison. It remains to be seen what Rollison's status will be. He was suspended indefinitely from the team back in December.