"It's a big opportunity and a big responsibility to be a starter in this league," Newton said after Carolina's final pre-season game Thursday, a 33-17 loss to Pittsburgh.
Newton, who led Auburn to the national title and won the Heisman Trophy last season, won the starting job over Jimmy Clausen, a former Notre Dame star.
The Panthers were 2-14 last season, with Clausen and Matt Moore at quarterback.
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