Nov. 28, 2012
Auburn, Ala. - Former Auburn and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Carolina's 30-22 victory over Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, the NFL announced today.
Newton is the first quarterback in Carolina Panthers' history to earn the conference player of the week honor twice, after first earning the award in Week 13 of the 2011 season.
Against the Eagles, Newton completed 18-of-28 passes (64.3 percent) for 306 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Newton did not throw an interception and posted a 125 passer rating while also rushing for a team-high 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Newton's four touchdowns and 341 yards (289 net passing and 52 net rushing) accounted for 85.7 percent of Carolina's offensive production as the Panthers netted 398 total yards.
In the past 50 years, Newton is one of only four quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards with two touchdowns and rush for at least 50 yards and two touchdowns in an NFL game. The other three to accomplish the feat are Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Steve Young along with Daunte Culpepper and Michael Vick.
Newton is the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns (32) and 20 rushing touchdowns (20) in his first two NFL seasons.
In 2010, Newton helped lead Auburn to the BCS National Championship with a 14-0 record. Newton was awarded the Heisman Trophy after passing for 2,908 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,586 yards and 24 touchdowns.