· Drafted in 3rd Round by the Chicago Bears
· 1971 Senior Bowl
· 1970 First-Team All-American (AP, Coaches-Kodak, FWAA-Look, Football News, Central Press Captains)
· 1970 Second-Team All-American (NEA, UPI)
· 1970 First-Team All-Big 8 (AP, UPI)
· 1970 Nebraska Lineman-of-the-Week (Wake Forest, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma State)
Coach Bob Devaney labeled Newton as a lineman “who definitely should be considered as an All-American” and Bob delivered in 1970. Newton stepped in as a transfer star in 1969 and earned consensus All-America and unanimous All-Big Eight honors in 1970. Set Big Eight record by being nominated four times for Lineman-of-the-Week laurels.
In his junior year Newton paved the way for sophomore Jeff Kinney to explode onto the scene. Kinney rushed for a team high 619 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the year the Huskers rushed for 2,312 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Newton’s senior year he started on an offensive line that guided the Huskers to their first national championship. In the title game, the Huskers rushed for 132 yards and hade 293 yards of total offense. On the season, Nebraska rushed for 3,012 yards which was 700 more yards then the previous year. The Husker line paved the way for four 300 yard rushers and two rushers that went over 600 yards on the year (Kinney – 699 yards and Joe Orduna – 915 yards). The Huskers were second in the conference in total yards with 421.3 yards per game, only 1.6 yards per game behind leader Colorado.
Before Nebraska (Cerritos Junior College)
Parents Mr. and Mrs. Vernie L. Newton
Earned All-Metro, Outstanding Lineman and All-America mention at Cerritos Junior College before heading to Nebraska. Coached by Smokey Cates.