Newton was voted most improved player his junior year and "most valuable lineman" his senior year at John Glenn
Newton went to a junior college for the first two years of college and then received a scholarship from the University of Nebraska. Newton"s first season was 1969 and Nebraska was coming off of a bad season. Bob was a consensus All-American football player at the University of Nebraska on their first National Championship team coached by Bob Devaney.
Newton was also named one of the top 50 players for the Huskers.
Coach Tom Osborne recruited Newton out of California and was part of the historic turn around.