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Whitfield has worked with other quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Akili Smith.
On April 28, 2011, Newton was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
He was the first reigning Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall since Carson Palmer in 2003. 1 selection after Tucker Frederickson (1965), Bo Jackson (1986), and Aundray Bruce (1988).
During the 2011 NFL lockout, he spent up to 12 hours a day at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida, spending up to two hours per day doing one-on-one training with fellow Heisman Trophy winner and ex-Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke.
2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the 14th quarterback and 28th player overall.
Newton increased his team's record to 2–5 with a week 7 win over the Washington Redskins 33–20.
In that game, he also caught a 27-yard pass from WR Legedu Naanee, making him a triple threat.
On December 24, 2011, in a 48–16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton threw for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score.
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 became 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.
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.