Auburn’s Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy

by Shayan Mondegari on Dec.11, 2010, under ALL, NCAAF

Earlier tonight, it was officially announced Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton was the undisputed winner of the Heisman Trophy, the statue awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in college football.

Newton easily outdistanced the three other finalists invited to New York in Oregon running back LaMichael James, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, making him the 3rd Heisman Trophy winner in Auburn History (joining quarterback Pat Sullivan, who won it in 1971; and running back Bo Jackson, who won it in 1985).

Newton is definitely deserving of this award, especially after carrying the Tigers to a 13-0 record with an SEC conference championship and an entry into the BCS title game.

The junior is the first player in SEC history to have thrown for at least 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in the same season. He accounted for 49 touchdowns, the best in the NCAA this year. He leads the SEC in rushing with 1,409 yards.

He’s rushed five times for at least 170 yards this season, and threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more in leading Auburn over South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.

The victory is not without controversy. The NCAA ruled that Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, tried to engineer a play-for-pay scheme that would have sent his son to Mississippi State. The NCAA also said there was no evidence Newton or Auburn knew about his father’s dealings, so the star junior was not punished.

Cecil Newton did not attend the Heisman Trophy ceremony, saying he did not want to overshadow his son’s accomplishment.

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