Gus Malzahn reacts to Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock

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On Tuesday, during an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, Gus Malzahn got to the bottom line about Cam Newton.

Malzahn stated, "In my opinion, it's like passing over (Michael) Jordan."

"Nobody. Nobody. I hear people compare him ... Naw. They don't know. They don't know what I know. "

So what about when Jon Gruden placed your quarterback on the spot about communicating plays in a huddle?

"Here's the deal, we're simple with our communication, but that's the only thing simple with what we do. I know a lot of people made a big deal of that, but that's not his fault that we're simple with our communication. What we ask our quarterback to do after the communication is probably as tough as anybody in college football. How fast we go, to process things, to communicate things and our reads. We do a lot of different things.”

What about Mike Mayock questioning his motivation when he becomes a millionaire?

Malzahn said, "Cam is one of the most motivated players I've ever coached. He hates to lose. Matter of fact, he refuses to lose. And I expect him to carry over that same mentality to the next level. Cam's the type that if you challenge him, he'll rise to the occasion. Cam hears all this stuff. He'll use that to motivate him. I promise you that."

Can he handle the spotlight?

"You look at what he went through last year, he deals with pressure unlike anybody I've ever seen. He has the ability to use that to motivate him and he has the unique ability to rise to the occasion. He plays his best football when he's under the most pressure. And that's a rarity."

Those are pretty interesting words from a man who knows Cam Newton as well as anyone.