Cam Newton Of Auburn May Be The Next Heisman Trophy Winner
Can Auburn's quarterback Cam Newton actually be the next Heisman Trophy winner? Well it may still be too early to tell and to be honest, I had previously only given him an honorable mention in my earlier hub, Top Five 2010 Heisman Candidates and Hopefuls.
I think I am not the only one surprised by Cam Newton's rise to the top of the Heisman Hopeful leader board. With the recent events of injuries and losses suffered by some of the earlier picks for the Heisman, it has really become a game changer. Maybe Auburn's Cam Newton was headed to the top all along but just had not gotten there yet. Either way, he is there and has the numbers to back it up.
So let's take a step back to a little history about Cam Newton and his road to becoming an Auburn quarterback and how he has taken that position and taken his team to a place no one expected at the beginning of this season. But first let's give credit where credit is due, Cameron (Cam) Newton was born May 11, 1989 - Son of Cecil and Jackie Newton.
We will start with his football days at Westlake High School located in College Park, GA:
Cam Newton's High School Coach: Dallas Allen
- Cam Newton was part of the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense All-American Bowl for Team East following his senior season
- Newton's squad won the game, 28-14
- Cam Newton was chosen by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of nine quarterbacks in the Super Southern 100
Newton's stats as a junior in high school:
- Completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns
- Cam threw only nine interceptions and rushed for 638 yards and nine TD's
Cam Newton went on to enroll at Florida in January 2007 where he actually got some playing time in at least five games that season. He joined the ranks of only six other quarterbacks who were true freshman to actually see action in a season opener.
Newton's stats there were nothing to be ashamed of, especially as a true freshman. Unfortunately entering the 2008 season at Florida, they Redshirted Cam to play behind none other than Tim Tebow.
Being a backup quarterback to Tim Tebow was no way going to allow anyone to get playing time on the field and Cam Newton made the choice to move to a Junior College where he might actually get to play.
So Cam Newton was off to Texas to join the ranks at Blinn College in Texas and it turned out to be a good move on his part.
- Led Blinn College to 2009 NJCAA National Championship
- Passing for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 655 yards and 16 TDs
- Led the Buccaneers to an 11-1 record
- NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American
- Rated as No. 1 QB (high school or junior college) by Rivals.com
- the only five-star QB according to Rivals.com
- No. 1 overall JUCO prospect by Rivals
- Four-star prospect by Scout.com
So as you can see this has not been a short or necessarily easy ride for now Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. After his success in 2009 at Blinn College, he was presented with a couple of options and it almost looked like he would be playing at Mississippi State. As luck would have it, he ended up at Auburn.
Auburn football has had its share of issues the past few years and really was not on the radar for a Top 10 team this year, so regardless of how they got there, both Auburn football and Cam Newton have risen to heights that have surprised more than one.
I feel confident in saying that as an Auburn Tiger, Cam has emerged as the best player on maybe the SEC’s best team. Is this enough to propel Auburn football to the top and allow Cam Newton to be the next Heisman Trophy Winner? Only the next few weeks will tell, so stay tuned for what is sure to be an exciting ride!
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