Last night was a clear example of a team that has lost its focus primarily because of how the season has played out. It is much easier to dig down deep physically and mentally, when you have major goals to play for like 2013. This isn't the case this late into the 2014 season and it shows. [...]
Cam Newton put aside the Carolina Panthers' five-game losing streak, the aches and pains associated with offseason ankle surgery, a hairline rib fracture and 32 sacks and the criticism of his performance as an NFL quarterback to treat more than 800 low-income youngsters to a fun and filling Thanksgiving in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday night.
The Auburn coach spoke to the media for the final time before the Iron Bowl, and hit on several topics, including the status of D'haquille Williams, the team's confidence, special teams, trick plays and, yes, even his favorite Thanksgiving dessert.
08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina (W 42-35) 11/01@ Ole Miss (W 35-31) 11/08 vs. Texas A&M (L 38-41) 11/15 @ Georgia(L 7-34) 11/22 vs. Samford (W 31-7) 11/29 @ Alabama