Nov. 22, 2010
Vote Newton O'Brien QB Award (Voting ends at noon on Dec. 5)
AUBURN - Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton has been named one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Davey O'Brien Foundation announced Monday. Newton is joined by Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore as finalists for the award.
Newton is the first player in SEC history to amass 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, and one of just nine different players in Football Bowl Subdivision history to accomplish the feat. He has rushed for 1,297 yards, setting an SEC record for rushing yards by a quarterback, while throwing for 2,038 yards.
Newton leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally, averaging 117.9 yards per carry. His 17 rushing touchdowns are tied for the national lead and have tied for the Auburn single-season record. He is also the only player in the country to have rushed for at least 170 yards in five different games. In SEC contests, he is averaging 149.3 yards per game and has 14 rushing touchdowns, which are both league bests.
Newton ranks second nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 183.58. His 21 passing touchdowns is just one shy of the school-single season record, and with one receiving touchdown as well, he is responsible for 39 touchdowns this season, which is second most in the nation and has smashed the Auburn single-season record of 26.
Fans can help determine which quarterback will win the O'Brien Award by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting closes at 12 p.m. CT on Dec. 5.
The 2010 O'Brien Award winner will be announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9 on ESPN. The winner will be honored at the 34th annual O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 21, 2011, at the Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.