Cameron Newton has been named the
Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for two touchdowns and passing for three more in Auburn’s season-opening 52-26 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night.
Newton rushed for 171 yards in 15 carries. Included in that total was a 71-yard
touchdown run, which was the longest run from scrimmage by an Auburn
player since Tristan Davis went 75 yards at Kentucky in 2005. His total
was also the most in a debut by an Auburn player since Rudi Johnson’s
174 rushing yards against Wyoming in 2000.
Newton also completed 9-of-14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns
with no interceptions. His five touchdowns is
one off the school single-game record.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said that Newton has done a good job of handling the high expectations everyone had for the new Auburn QB. "He understands the expectations are out there, but nobody has higher expectations for him than he has for himself," Chizik said.
Newton leads the SEC in both total offense (357.0) and rushing (171.0), ranking fourth and seventh, respectively, in the nation
in those categories. He also ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose yards (171.0) and his passer rating of 246.60 is also second best in the
Newton is the first Auburn player to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week since Kenny Irons earned the award in 2006. He is the first Tiger
quarterback to receive the honor since Jason Campbell in 2004.
Auburn (1-0) will return to action Thursday when the Tigers visit
Mississippi State (1-0) in the SEC opener for both schools. The game
will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.