Sept. 27, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton added to his list of honors by being named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, the Davey O'Brien Foundation announced Monday. The Davey O'Brien Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback.
Newton, who had already been named the National Player of the Week by Rivals.com and the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, was also named a Manning Award Player to Watch on Monday.
Newton helped lead Auburn to a 35-27 victory over No. 12 South Carolina, improving Auburn's record to 4-0. He accounted for five touchdowns in the game against the Gamecocks, rushing 25 times for 176 yards and three scores and completing 16-of-21 passes for 158 yards and two more touchdowns.
Newton leads the SEC and ranks 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 121.3 yards per game, and also tops the conference in passing efficiency (182.46), ranking fourth in the country. He ranks second in the SEC and 18th nationally in total offense (292.0), seventh in the league in all-purpose yardage (126.8) and tied for ninth in scoring (7.5).
During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of The O'Brien National Selection Committee will name the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, given to a player who exemplifies the award's standards. All 120 FBS quarterbacks are candidates for the award until semifinalists are announced Oct. 25. Finalists will be announced Nov. 22 and the 2010 O'Brien winner will be announced Dec. 9.
Auburn will return to action this Saturday when the Tigers host ULM. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CT and be televised by ESPNU.