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Cam Newton - Auburn Phenom. #7 Impact Player
CAM NEWTON, AUBURN. #8 IMPACT PLAYER!
Cam Newton, my number two (#2) until this afternoon, has fallen to the #8 Impact Player slot. Why? Well, it may not be fair, he may be innocent as a lamb, but a very serious cloud of suspicion is hovering over Newton, and by association his university as well.
Newton, confronted by reporters on November 5th, indicated that he was blessed by G-d, and went on to say that his thoughts were on his next ball game, rather than allegations that have rocked CFB, the SEC, and the entire CFB universe.
In a brief statement made alongside a team bus, Newton said, "I have done nothing wrong."
While I have no reason to doubt Newton's word, his value to the Auburn squad will be reduced by the most troubling allegation that he accepted money to play at Auburn. Should the scandal persist for another week or two, Newton's stock falls -- hard.
Guys like Newton come along for a coach every 20 years or so. He is a Top 5% CFB player.
If the Heisman voting were conducted today, he takes the prize. I wouldn't give it to him, but others probably would.
Hopefully, claims of impropriety will prove to be overblown. I do not believe that the Auburn coaching staff has any knowledge of impropriety. There's no way that one player, even one as good as Newton, would be worth it to any coach or program. Remember SMU? Ahh... no way they pay the boy to play!
Still, the appearance of impropriety can be extremely harmful. Make no mistake, there has been at least an appearance of wrongdoing, and there are those who have affirmed that Newton's father, and perhaps Newton himself -- insisted on being paid to play for the university with which he chose to sign. I sincerely hope that this is not truel
When I put aside the allegations mentioned above -- and I do not believe Newton or Auburn to be guilty of any such offense -- one is forced to acknowledge him as a tremendous force to be reckoned with.
- 2010: Auburn
- 168 Att, 1122 Yds. Rushing, Avg. = 6.7 Yds., TDs = 14, Passing = 108 0f 162 for 1,573 Yds., 65.5% Pc Pct.Career Rushing: 189 Att, 1235 Yds, 6.5 Avg, 18 Touchdowns
- Career Passing: 114 Cmp, 174 Att, 1627 Yds, 15 Touchdowns
- Career Punting: 1 Punts, 22 Yds, 22.0 Avg
- Career Scoring: 19 TD, 114 Points