- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cam Newton says he’s can’t worry about the NFL lockout putting him behind the learning curve in his pro career.

The NFL’s top overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers says he was fortunate to get a play book and is spending long days studying and working out.

Newton was in New Orleans on Friday to accept the Manning Award, which he received as the nation’s top college quarterback last season. The Heisman Trophy winner flew in from Bradenton, Fla., where he’s been working out at the IMG Institute and refining his game with former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.

The award is named for Archie Manning, who attended the ceremonies and says the lockout probably will hinder new coaches and quarterbacks alike next season.

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