When a play breaks down, Newton can turn nothing into something spectacular. Even when defended perfectly, he’s difficult to tackle. “He might make a guy miss, he might outrun the next guy, he might run a guy over and that’s very unique,” Chizik said. “You don’t ever want to say to your quarterback, ‘Run a guy over’ but he’s so competitive. When it gets down to the goal line, he wants to score and he’ll do whatever it takes to score.”
Cam Newton, the quarterback for Auburn University, has won the 2010 Heisman Trophy. Newton beat out worthy adversaries — LaMichael James ofOregon, Andrew Luck of Stanford and Kellen Moore of Boise State — in landslide fashion. He ended with 2,263 points. Luck was the runner-up with 1,079 points and James finished third with 916. Moore amassed 635. Broken down regionally, Newton won each and every one, including the Far West. There were 105 ballots that completely omitted Newton’s name, but he was the first place vote on 93 percent of the ballots.
Newton has led Auburn to a 13-0 record and a berth in the BCS Championship game, which will be played Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz. The 6-foot-6 junior from College Park, Ga., led the nation in passer efficiency rating (188.2) and was second in rushing touchdowns (20). He completed 165 of his 246 passes for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He ran the ball 242 times for 1,409 yards and the aforementioned 20 scores. He amassed six 100-yard rushing games and two 300-yard passing games.
Newton clearly established himself as the best player in the country. During this unforgettable fall, Newton passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,409 yards and 20 touchdowns, becoming just the first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.?Newton is the third player in major college football history to throw and run for 20 touchdowns in the same season.Auburn coach Gene Chizik has called Newton “probably the best football player I’ve ever seen” because of his “freakish athletic ability,” and football intelligence. “Typically if he makes a mistake, he will not repeat that mistake,” Chizik said in a recent interview. “He’s smart in the football classroom.”