Auburn Celebrates Newton's Heisman

Comments from Cameron Newton's teammates, head coach and athletic director are featured.

New York, N.Y.--Auburn head football coach, athletic director Jay Jacobs and a pair of Cameron Newton's teammates had high praise for the new Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night.

"There is no question that Cameron is highly deserving of the most prestigious honor in college football, and I am so proud of him," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "Not only has Cam been the best player in college football this year, he has also been an incredible leader for our football team.

"Winning the Heisman Trophy is also a tremendous honor for our entire football team, our coaches and our support staff," Chizik added. "This is a special day for Cam and for Auburn University, and I feel blessed to be a small part of it."

Newton joins Pat Sullivan in 1971 and Bo Jackson in 1985 as Auburn players who have won the Heisman Trophy. Auburn, Army, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC are the only colleges to have at least three Heisman winners.

Cameron Newton poses with the Heisman Trophy.

Jacobs, who was in New York for the Heisman ceremony, said, "I know the entire Auburn family joins me in congratulating Cam for winning the most prestigious award in college football. In becoming Auburn's third Heisman Trophy winner, Cam has joined a truly special fraternity of football legends.

"We could not be more proud of Cam and the way that he has represented Auburn University," Jacobs said. "This award is also a tremendous tribute to our entire football program, and especially Coach Chizik, his staff and Cam's teammates. This is a great day in the history of Auburn football that we will all cherish for years to come."

The Heisman announcement set off a loud celebration at Toomer's Corner where Auburn fans normally celebrate big football game victories.

Thousands of Auburn fans visited Toomer's Corner on Saturday night.

All-American offensive tackle Lee Ziemba said, "It says a lot about the character of both Cam and this football team that he won. The perseverance needed to do what Cam has done this year has been unmatched by anyone I've been around."

Newton made a sweep of the major national player of the year honors. He is the firs person to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award in the same season since Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne did it in 1999. The Auburn junior is the first quarterback to win those three awards plus the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top QB since Florida's Danny Wuerffel did it in 1996.

All-SEC senior center Ryan Pugh also had praise for his teammate. "He is hands down a great football player, but more than that he is a great teammate. It is an honor to have played with him and help him win the Heisman."

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