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The Heisman Belongs to Auburn's Newton
New York, NY--As expected Auburn junior quarterback Cameron Newton became the third Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy when his named was called Saturday night at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Easily outdistancing finalists LaMichael James, Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore for the award, Newton joins quarterback Pat Sullivan (1971) and running back Bo Jackson (1985) as Auburn's representatives in the very elite Heisman Trophy family. Cameron Newton is shown with the Heisman Trophy. Newton finished first with 2,263 total points. Luck was second with 1,079 and James was third with 916. Newton was selected as the winner on 93 percent of the 886 ballots for the award and he received the most votes from Heisman voters in each region of the country. Newton has put together one of the most impressive single-season performances in college football history in leading Auburn to an unbeaten regular season and the Southeastern Conference Championship. Early this week the dual-threat quarterback won two other major national player of the year awards--the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year and the Maxwell Award. Newton is also the SEC Player of the Year and he won the Davey O'Brien Award as the top quarterback in college football this season. Newton is shown with the Heisman finalists in New York City. Left to right are Moore, Luck, Newton and James. The SEC's leading rusher this season with 1,409 yards while adding 2,589 yards through the air, Newton became just the second player in NCAA FBS history to run and pass for more than 20 touchdowns each in a season. The first was Tim Tebow in 2007. Interestingly enough Newton was a teammate of Tebow during that season and his back up. Cam Newton set an Auburn and SEC record this year for most rushing yardage by a quarterback in a single season. After hearing his name announced as the winner, an emotional Newton said, "First, giving all of the honor and glory to God who is the head of my life. Without him right now, we all would not even be here. "I would also like to thank my beautiful mother, Jackie Newton, and my father (Cecil)." The quarterback then choked up and was told to take his time by other former Heisman winners at the ceremony. "My parents do a lot of things behind the scenes that go unnoticed. It is not an award in my opinion that was won by my play this year. This is an award that was won ever since I came out of the womb. Thank you for everything you do for me. For my father, I love you so much. "I also want to thank my coaches, my players, Coach (Gene) Chizik, President (Jay) Gogue, Jay Jacobs for giving me this opportunity. "I would also like to thank the troops overseas that are fighting for our freedom every single day," Newton said. "I have already said your name...Coach Chizik, thank you man. Honestly, from the bottom of the heart thank you for giving me a chance. Thank you for everything you have done--Coach Chizik, Coach Malzhan, Coach Luper, Coach Troop. "Thank you Auburn Family for all of the support you have given me during these trying times. Thank you to the whole Heisman trustees...and also want to give a special thanks to my teammates. Without all of those guys I wouldn't even be here right now getting the recognition without their help. "I am taking this award and it is amazing what God can do in a person's life," he said. "Whoever would have ever thought a person from College Park, Ga., would get an award with such prestige and tradition. I thank God every single day for waking me up this morning and giving me the ability to play the great game of football. "Thank you to so many people out there I haven't recognized," he added. "I apologize if I haven't said your name. I really do apologize and War Eagle." With 28 passing touchdowns, 20 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown to his credit, Newton's 49 total touchdowns rank him behind only Tebow's 55 in SEC history. His total offense of 3,998 yards is also an Auburn record for a single season. In his last performance during a 56-17 win over South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game, Newton saved one of his best performances of the year for his biggest stage. Completing 17-28 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns, he added 73 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns as well. It marked the eighth time in 2010 and fourth game in a row he had accounted for at least four touchdowns. In the title game Newton was 2-for-2 passing for 74 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive. That continued a ridiculous run for the 6-6, 250-pounder coming out of the locker room this season. For the year he is 19-for-19 passing for 300 yards and three touchdowns on Auburn's opening drives this season. Newton and the Tigers will attempt to finish a perfect regular season on Jan. 10 when they take on the Oregon Ducks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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