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Chizik discusses new book, Cam Newton

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gene Chizik wants Auburn fans to remember quarterback Cam Newton "as a great individual," not just a Heisman Trophy-winning player.

The Tigers coach defends the No. 1 NFL draft pick in the upcoming book "All In" but says it is "really a story about football, family and faith."

Chizik discussed the book Wednesday ahead of its July 5 release that will have him hit the road for a promotional tour with nine stops in four states. All proceeds go to his family's You Turn Foundation.

He says doing the book required a lot of late-night phone calls with co-author David Thomas and sessions during spring break.

As for Newton, Chizik says he feels strongly about sticking up for the controversial quarterback. Chizik calls him "an amazing kid."

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