Heisman Trophies
Auburn Football Tradition
Updated 04/07/14
 
Auburn has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: QB Cam Newton in 2010, RB Bo Jackson in 1985 and QB Pat Sullivan in 1971. Of the colleges where trophy namesake John Heisman coached, only Auburn University has produced Heisman winners.
Cam Newton
 
2010 | CAM NEWTON
Cam NewtonAt 6-foot 6-inches and 250 pounds, Cam Newton was the third Auburn Tiger to earn the Heisman Trophy, joining Pat Sullivan '71 and Vincent "Bo" Jackson '85. Newton completed 185 of 280 passes for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns while throwing only seven interceptions. He also accumulated 1,473 yards and an additional 20 touchdowns on 264 rush attempts and caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
 
His passing and rushing touchdown totals set an Auburn University record and made him only the second player to tally 20 or more passing and rushing touchdowns in the same season. Newton led the Tigers to a perfect 14-0 record, an SEC title and a BCS National Championship.
 
Ballots were mailed to 870 media personnel across the nation plus 55 Heisman winners and one fan ballot, for a total of 926 electors. The ballots are received and tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Newton polled 2,263 points to capture the award over Andrew Luck of Stanford (1,079 points), LaMichael James of Oregon (916 points), and Kellen Moore of Boise State (635 points).
 
 2010 Statistics
Passing
Rushing
Receiving
G
Cmp
Att
Pct
Yds
TDs
INT
Rush
Yds
TDs
Rec
Yds
TDs
14
185
280
66.1
2854
30
7
264
1473
20
2
42
1
 
 2010 Heisman Voting
 Player  School
 Year
 Position
 Points
 1. Cam Newton  Auburn
 Senior
 QB
 2,263
 2. Andrew Luck  Stanford
 Sophomore
 QB
 1,079
 3. LaMichael James  Oregon
 Sophomore
 RB
 916
 4. Kellen Moore  Boise State
 Junior
 QB
 635
 5. Justin Blackmon  Oklahoma State
 Sophomore
 WR
 105
 
 
Bo Jackson
 
1985 | BO JACKSON
Bo JacksonAuburn's great running back Bo Jackson was such a remarkable all-round athlete that, if there were Heisman awards in baseball and track, he almost certainly would have won them, too. As the nation's premier ball carrier, Jackson was the spearhead of Auburn's rushing attack. Jackson plowed through defenses in 1985 for 6.4 yards per carry. The three-sport athlete ran for 1,786 yards and 17 touchdowns while helping the Tigers to an 8-4 record and a Cotton Bowl appearance.
 
In 1985, Jackson led the nation in all four main categories of ball-carrying as late as the eighth week of the season. At that point, he was tops in total rushing yardage, average per carry, touchdowns scored, and yards-per-game. Jackson was the second Auburn Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy.
 
Jackson finished his career at Auburn with 4,575 all-purpose yards and 45 total touchdowns (43 rushing and 2 receiving), with a 6.6 yards per carry average. Jackson's jersey number 34 was officially retired at Auburn in a halftime ceremony on October 31, 1992.
 
 1985 Statistics
Rushing
Receiving
G
Att
Yds
Avg
TDs
Rec
Yds
Avg
TDs
11
278
1786
6.4
17
4
73
18.3
0
 
 1985 Heisman Voting
 Player  School
 Year
 Position
 Points
 1. Bo Jackson  Auburn
Senior
RB
 1,509
 2. Chuck Long  Iowa
Senior
QB
 1,464
 3. Robbie Bosco  BYU
Senior
QB
 459
 4. Lorenzo White  Michigan State
Sophomore
RB
 391
 5. Vinny Testaverde  Miami (Fla.)
Junior
QB
 249
 
 
Pat Sullivan
 
1971 | PAT SULLIVAN
Pat SullivanPat Sullivan, a three-season starter at Auburn was the first Heisman winner from a school coached by the trophy's namesake, John Heisman.
 
With Sullivan at the helm, the Tigers averaged well over 34 points and 426 yards a game throughout his three-year tenure. Sullivan himself accounted for 73 touchdowns (18 running and 55 passing) to equal the all-time NCAA mark. In his senior season in 1971, Sullivan led Auburn to a 9-2 record and a Sugar Bowl appearance. With Sullivan at quarterback from 1969-1971, Auburn would go 25-5 overall.
 
Also an excellent student, Sullivan was named an Academic All-American and graduated with a bachelor's of science in business administration in 1972. Sullivan finished his college career with 6,284 passing yards and 57 touchdowns, along with another 18 touchdowns on the ground.
 
 1971 Statistics
Passing
Rushing
G
Cmp
Att
Pct
Yds
TDs
INT
Att
Yds
Avg
TDs
11
182
325
56.0
2262
21
13
50
66
1.3
2
 
 1971 Heisman Voting
 Player  School
 Year
 Position
 Points
 1. Pat Sullivan  Auburn
Senior
QB
 1,597
 2. Ed Marinaro  Cornell
Senior
RB
 1,445
 3. Gregg Pruitt  Oklahoma
Junior
RB
 586
 4. Johnny Musso  Alabama
Senior
RB
 365
 5. Lydell Mitchell  Penn State
Senior
RB
 251
 
  
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