A winner of the Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Year, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award to go along with SEC Player of the Year honors, Newton's extraordinary season has already been handsomely rewarded but there's one more thing to go before it's complete in his mind. It's not the Heisman Trophy though, it's a national title.
"I would say the national title right now," Newton said when asked which thing he wants more. "I'm saying that with the utmost respect and not downgrading the Heisman in any means. I feel like in my situation I would get more glory in raising that crystal ball up."
While James is hoping to keep Newton and the Auburn Tigers from winning the national title, he said for him the decision on who should win the Heisman Trophy is a cut and dried case.
"He's a tremendous player," James said of Newton. "Andrew Luck too. I think I would vote for him too. Those guys are tremendous players. Cam gets all the hype from the SEC and I think he deserves it. He's the best player in the country. I also think Andrew Luck is one of the best players in the country. Anybody that wins the Heisman or anybody that is here is one of the best players in the country."
The SEC's leading rusher this season with 1,409 yards while adding 2,589 yards through the air, Newton became just the second player in NCAA FBS history to run and pass for more than 20 touchdowns each in a season. The other was Tim Tebow in 2007. Interestingly enough Newton was a teammate of Tebow during that season and his back up.
With 28 passing touchdowns, 20 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown to his credit, Newton's 49 total touchdowns ranks him behind only Tebow's 55 in SEC history. His total offense of 3,998 yards is also an Auburn record for a single season.
He was able to put together that kind of season despite a multitude of distractions surrounding his recruitment to Mississippi State and allegations against his father Cecil Newton. With everything behind him and focusing on finishing things off with a national title, Newton has one more distraction to go before that can be complete. It comes Saturday night when he's attempting to become the third Auburn player to win the Heisman, joining Pat Sullivan in 1971 and Bo Jackson in 1985. If he does Newton said it will be a day and a year he'll never forget.
"Words can't even explain how I would feel," Newton said. "It would be a dream come true. Will I cry? I don't know I guess we'll see on Saturday."