Heisman Trophy 2010: Ranking Cam Newton Among Heisman Winning Quarterbacks

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2010

Heisman Trophy 2010: Ranking Cam Newton Among Heisman Winning Quarterbacks

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  2010 Heisman Trophy candidate Cam Newton of the Auburn University Tigers speaks at a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    Cam Newton won the Heisman trophy late Saturday night in a landslide.  He was award the award over other top names in college football such as Kellen Moore, LaMichael James and Andrew Luck.

    Now that the Heisman trophy has been awarded to Newton, where does he rank among all the previous winners at the quarterback position?

    The name Tim Tebow will certainly draw comparisons.  Who's better, Newton or Tebow? 

    Let's find out.

10. Jim Plunkett—Stanford

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    MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 02:  Former NFL athlete Jim Plunkett arrives to Maxim's Pre-Super Bowl XLI Party at the Sagamore Hotel  on February 2, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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    Plunkett, during his time in Stanford, was once called “The best college football player I’ve ever seen” by Washington State coach Jim Sweeney.

    He had 18 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and 2,715 passing yards in 1970, the year he won the Heisman Trophy.  Plunkett beat out the likes of Joe Theismann and Archie Manning.

9. Roger Staubach—Navy

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Roger Staubach, former NFL quarterback, holds a football with the new Super Bowl logo during a press conference held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 4, 2010
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    During the early 1960's, Navy coach Wayne Hardin called Staubach, "the greatest quarterback Navy ever had."

    He won the 1963 Heisman trophy, and in two of his three seasons led Navy to victory in the Army-Navy game. 

8. Ty Detmer—Brigham Young

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    22 Sep 1990:  Quarterback Ty Detmer of the Brigham Young Cougars drops back to pass during a game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah.  Brigham Young won the game 62-34. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    His junior season in 1990, when he won the Heisman trophy, has to be one of the most successful seasons for a college quarterback.

    Detmer threw for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns in 12 games, setting 42 NCAA records along the way.

7. Paul Hornung—Notre Dame

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    As a player for the Irish, Hornung did it all, playing both defense and offense.

    He won the Heisman trophy in 1956 playing halfback, quarterback, safety and kicker.

    Hornung is widely considered the greatest all-around football player in Notre Dame history.

6. Vinny Testaverde—Miami

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    1986:  Quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the Miami Hurricanes prepares to pass the ball. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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    Testaverde is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the Miami Hurricanes.

    He led the Hurricanes to the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship on his way to winning the Heisman trophy.

    He threw for 2,557 yards, 26 TDs and 9 interceptions that season.

5. Steve Spurrier—Florida

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Steve Spurrier, head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches from the sideline during their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott H
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    As the quarterback for the Florida Gators, Spurrier's biggest Heisman moment came against the Auburn Tigers in 1966.

    He not only played quarterback, but also kicked the game-winning field goal to win 30-27.

4. Doug Flutie—Boston College

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 23: ESPN analyst and former quarterback Doug Flutie for the Boston College Golden Eagles stands in the end-zone near the spot of the famous 'Hail Flutie' during an interview before the game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at th
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    There's one major Heisman moment for Flutie.  It was the Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game for Boston College against Miami Hurricanes in 1984.

    Flutie lobbed a ball that was caught by Gerard Phelan, winning the game for Boston College 47-45.

3. Danny Wuerffel—Florida

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    2 Jan 1997:  Quarterback Danny Wuerffel of the Florida Gators celebrates after the Nokia Sugar Bowl against the Floirda State Seminoles at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Florida won the game, 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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    As a quarterback for Steve Spurrier, he helped lead his football team to a national championship in 1996.

    That was also the same year he won the Heisman as a senior.  Wuefffel completed 207-of-360 passes for 3,625 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. 

2. Cam Newton—Auburn

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after winning the MVP trophy in their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgi
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    So far, the Tigers are a perfect 13-0 this season and they have one more game to play in order to secure the national championship.

    Now that he has won the Heisman trophy, the only question remains is: how high does he rank on the list of former Heisman winning quarterbacks?

    With a national title still up in the air, it is hard to put Newton at the top of this list.  He has definitely had a remarkable season with 2,589 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns, as well as 1,409 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.  And don't forget his two catches as a receiver for 42 yards and a score.

1. Tim Tebow—Florida

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty I
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    Tebow has to be one of the greatest college football quarterbacks in history. 

    He was the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.  That year, Tebow became the first to throw for over 20 touchdowns and rush for over 20 touchdowns in a single season.

    Is he a better college quarterback than Cam Newton?  Yes he is, with two national championships and a spotless record off the field, his accomplishments are hard to match.