NCAA Football

Auburn’s Newton Beats Out Luck for 2010 Heisman

| by Alex Groberman

The 2010 Heisman race was about as interesting as it was unpredictable.

Controversial Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was the clear-cut, runaway winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

Despite going up against some of the best players in the country in Andrew Luck, LaMichael James and Kellen Moore, Newton’s successful season -- despite off-the-field distractions -- was enough to make him the 76th winner of the most prestigious award in college football.

Newton led Auburn to a 13-0 record and an SEC conference championship en route to a BCS title game. He led the SEC in rushing with 1,409 yards on the ground and 21 rushing touchdowns. Newton also led the country in passing with 2,589 yards through the air and 28 passing touchdowns.

It wasn’t all fun and games for Newton this year, though. For much of the season the Auburn star was the subject of an NCAA investigation centering on his father’s play-for-pay scheme that would have sent Cam to Mississippi State. After conducting a thorough investigation, college football’s governing body announced that neither Cam nor Auburn knew about the situation – and neither party was punished.

Newton joins elite company in Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan as Auburn’s third Heisman winner.

Luck finished in second place in the voting followed by James and Moore.