Auburn Football: Is Cam Newton Having The Best Season In SEC History?
All offseason, so-called "experts" didn't know about Auburn's QB situation. They assumed, because the guy leaving broke the Auburn record for touchdown passes in a season, that Auburn was downgrading at QB.
So much for that.
Cam Newton has played at a historical level this year. How great has he been? Somebody had to start a smear campaign just to shorten his lead in the Heisman race that was even bigger than his smile is.
In the mind of morons, Cam Newton is the next Reggie Bush. But anybody who has been paying actual attention to the situation knows all signs point to Cam's innocence, so that can be put to bed. Forever.
How good has Newton been? Is this the best year ever for an SEC player? Will he win the Heisman?
Passing: 123-183, 1,890 yards, 19 TD. 5 INT, 67.2 Comp%, long of 94, 189.0 ypg
Rushing: 176 carries, 1,146 yards, 15 TDs, 6.5 ypc, 114.6 ypg, long of 71, no fumbles lost
Receiving: 2 catches, 42 yards, TD, long of 22, 21.0 ypr
Special Teams: Has a punt to his credit as well. He kicked a 20-yard pooch punt against UL-Monroe.
What Those Stats Indicate
Wow... just... wow.
That's all you can say when you look at his stats. He has 35 TDs to his credit and also has a punt. He's just under 200 yards of offense away from breaking the Auburn record for yards in a season... with possibly three games left afterwards.
Cam has burned every defense he's played one way or another. He beat LSU with his feet, gaining 217 yards. He burned Ole Miss with his arm, throwing for 209 and he could have thrown for 400 if given the opportunity.
Cam has been even more unstoppable than any of those stats suggest... because there isn't a "Leadership" stat.
Not only is Auburn's record perfect at 10-0, Cam is also close to joining something that is usually representative of perfect vision: the 20-20 club.
Cam has 19 passing TDs and 15 rushing TDs this season with at least three more games to go.
The only other QB to ever have a 20-20 season is arguably the best college football player ever, the University of Florida's Tim Tebow in 2007.
People thought they knew that there would never again be a 20-20 player. Who would think that there would be one only three years later... at a school who went 5-7 and had a horrible offense in 2008? Not many. Cam has pulled it off.
Knocked off The Perch?
The name Bo Jackson is held in high regards at Auburn University.
Nobody, not even Auburn fans, thought there would ever be another Tiger like Bo. Bo did everything. Football, baseball, track, etc. Heck, he would probably have done basketball and swimming if he had the time! He also has an even better golf swing than Charles Barkley... then again, so do I.
But Bo's status as the greatest Auburn Tiger ever has been jeopardized greatly by Cameron Newton... and Bo isn't exactly sad about that.
In fact, Bo Jackson has made it clear that Cameron Newton is getting his vote for the Heisman Trophy. What can you say.... Bo knows greatness.
His Best Game
This one is hard to find, because he's had great games all season.
You could say the South Carolina game was his best, as he scored five touchdowns in an upset win over South Carolina.
You could say the Kentucky game was his finest, when he tallied 408 yards of offense by himself in a win over Kentucky in Lexington.
But his best game, in my opinion, was one where he had a Heisman moment, burned one of the nation's top defenses and earned his (and Chizik's) first win over a Top 10 team at Auburn. This was the 24-17 win over LSU.
He went 10-16 for a bland little 86 yards. But if you're wondering why he didn't throw it more, this ought to tell you: Auburn ran 52 times for 440 yards and three touchdowns, 217 yards and two TDs coming off the legs of Newton. They embarrassed a defense that recently held Alabama's dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to a paltry 102 yards in their win over Alabama.
I think there's a reason Jesse Palmer wasn't on the BCS Countdown Show Sunday night... he had to hide his face after screaming about how overrated LSU was, thus leading to Auburn being overrated. Poor Jesse.
Is He Having The Best Year In SEC History?
My answer is definitely a "Yes."
You can make a lot of comparisons to Newton this year and Tebow in 2007, but the difference between the two that really stands out to me is that Cam Newton is having his huge season on a national title contender.
That Florida team was in position for about four weeks, but then a loss at home to, guess who, Auburn led to a 9-4 campaign.
Cam Newton isn't the only reason Auburn is favored to grab a spot in the biggest game of the year, but he certainly is one of the biggest reasons.
Cam Newton is having a historical year and, unless there is proof he or his father took part in any wrongdoing last December, he should be holding up the Heisman Trophy this December.