Heisman Trophy 2010: Cam Newton May Have Won, But Were the Ballots Fair?
The Heisman Trophy for 2010 has gone to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and the details have just come out how the rest of the candidates rounded out.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished second in the voting, with Oregon's LaMichael James coming in third, and Boise State's Kellen Moore finishing in fourth place.
Newton finished with 2,263 points, which is the fifth-highest total of all time. There was some speculation, among Rivals.com and others, that Newton might break O.J. Simpson's 1968 record for the widest margin of victory in Heisman Trophy history.
The curious part about Newton's victory is that not all of the ballots were returned. The number of ballots missing, and this is unofficial as I haven't been able to confirm what I'm pretty sure I saw on TV, was six.
Of the 926 ballots that did come in, 105 of them omitted Newton's name entirely. But of the ballots he was on, 95 percent of them had Newton's name on top.
In other words, if it hadn't been for the pay-for-play allegations that were swirling around Newton as the season was winding down, we would probably be looking at a record-breaking win.
Nonetheless, I'm sure he'll take it.
To see where Cam Newton ranks among the most recent Heisman winners, check out my list: Where Does Cam Newton Rank Among Last 25 Winners?
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