Cam Newton as Ben Roethlisberger II 

December, 5, 2010

Cameron Newton's greatness as a college quarterback was established weeks ago. Now, we're all just searching for ways to quantify it.

Tapping the Page Down key on my laptop as I sifted through Twitter as the supersized, do-everything Auburn Tigers junior was lighting up South Carolina in the SEC title game Saturday evening, it was apparent we're shoulder-deep in the hyperbole phase with Newton.

In sports, we crave the need to compare. Everybody has to be like somebody else. We're all compelled to do it. Coaches do it, too. The attempted answers often are more cosmetic than anything else.

Many have likened the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Newton to another towering quarterback who excelled in a spread offense, namely Vince Young, formerly of the Texas Longhorns. Others suggested Daunte Culpepper, David Garrard and Tim Tebow, the guy Newton used to play behind at Florida.

I thought Ben Roethlisberger was a more intriguing comparison.