Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is back in school and back with the coach he's worked with the past two seasons – and said Friday he is fired up about both developments.

Making an appearance for Gatorade at the Super Bowl media center, Newton talked about his return to Auburn this semester and his excitement about quarterbacks coach Mike Shula's promotion to offensive coordinator.

Echoing the comments of veteran wideout Steve Smith this week, Newton said continuity was key after former coordinator Rob Chudzinski left to become Cleveland's coach last month.

"It was very important. I think that's what they tried to do as far as keep everything as simple as possible, keep everything around the genre that we've kind of been keeping things. It's going to be very exciting," Newton said in an interview with the Observer.

"I've been talking to (Shula) and he's been giving me some ideas to think about. I think it's going to be a work in process, but at the same time we're going to have fun and take it to higher heights."

Newton said he was pleased Chudzinski had the opportunity to become a head coach.