SEC Football

Cam Newton: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Michael StilesCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2010

I want to begin this article with a few assumptions.

Let's assume Cam Newton, after his performance in the SEC championship game, wins the coveted Heisman Trophy. Let's next assume he and his Auburn Tigers defeat Oregon in the BCS National Championship game.

With those in mind, let's continue.

Should Cam Newton stay, there would be no doubt that he would be just as good as, if not better than, he was this season.

Barring injury, there would be no reason to doubt Cam and Auburn running the table again. And, if Darvin Adams stays, Cam would still have his great receiver target to throw to. And Michael Dyer will be around next year, but Cam is the true Auburn rushing threat. 

So, if Cam does stay at Auburn (and assuming he wins the Heisman this year), I feel that he'd have a great chance to do something this generation has never seen and something the world of college football hasn't seen in a long time, since the sole occurrence in 1975: win his second Heisman trophy.

I personally thought Tebow was going to do it, but he never did. Now it's Cam's turn to shine.

However, the team will take some hits. No doubt junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley will be gone next season. He is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year trophy and has a good chance of winning it. Losing Nick will be a huge loss for the Auburn defense.

But with Cam at the helm, the Tigers shouldn't be too worried. Their defense has not looked its best sometimes (first half of the Alabama game, for example), but Cam and his offense have still managed to fight their way back and overcome it, which helps set in stone their position as the No. 1 team in college football.

Cam is by far one of the best college football players, if not THE best college football player this generation has seen (or anyone has seen for that matter).

Whether or not Cam goes is a huge decision. Auburn will take a big hit losing him, and Cam can make history by staying.

On the topic of getting hurt, look at Sam Bradford. He barely played senior season due to injury, and still was the first quarterback picked in the draft.

Will Cam say no to the NFL money lure and have one more season? Only time will tell, but as an ACC fan, I certainly hope he does. 

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