Auburn’s QB Cam Newton dominated the 2010 Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night.
Newton left with the three awards that he was nominated for that night.
He took home the Davey O’Brien Award which is the top college Quarterback of the year award.
He also left with the Maxwell Award which is voted upon by a group of sportscasters, sportswriters, and NCAA Coaches. Newton took home the Walter Camp Award, which is decided by a group of NCAA coaches and sports information directors under the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
After Newton left the award show with this hands full of awards, he still had one more ceremony to attend to on Saturday Night for the biggest prize of the year, that being the Heisman Trophy.
Newton was one of the finalists along with Stanford’s quarterback Andrew Luck and Oregon’s running back LaMichael James.
Newton received 2,263 points in Heisman voting; Luck finished 2nd with a total of 1,079 points, while James came in 3rd with 916 points.
Newton had this to say after winning the Heisman:
“Oh my God. Oh my God. First, giving all the honor and glory to God, who is the head of my life. Without him we would not even be here right now … so thank you for that.
I also would like to thank my beautiful mother Jackie Newton and my father.
My parents do a lot of things behind the scenes that go unnoticed, and this is not an award that in my opinion has been won by my play this year.
This is an award that was won when I came out your womb. Thank you for everything you did for me.
I’d also like to thank my coaches and my players. Coach Chizik. I’d also like to thank the troops overseas that’s fighting for our freedom every single day.
Honestly from the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me the chance. Thank you for everything that you’ve done. Coach Chizik, coach Malzahn, coach Troop. Thank you to the Auburn family for all the support you’ve given me in these trying times. Thank you to the Heisman Trust and all these Heisman winners.”
And also I want to give a special thanks to my teammates. Without those guys I wouldn’t be here getting this recognition.
Who would’ve ever thought a person from College Park, Georgia would get an award with such prestige and tradition? I thank god every day for waking em up this morning and letting me play football. I apologize if I haven’t said your name. And War Eagle.
Newton had his speech picked apart by numerous people and reporters. The most picked upon line has to be, “My parents do a lot of things behind the scenes that go unnoticed”. This is picked upon because its can instantly be connected to the behind the scene actions of Newton’s father, Cecil Newton.
Cecil has been accused of trying to get money from Mississippi State in order to have his son attend the school and be apart of the team.
Newton was later ruled eligible by the NCAA, because they said that they had no evidence that proved Cam Newton was aware of his father’s actions.
Newton, along with the Auburn Tigers are set to play the Oregon Ducks on January 10, 2011 for the BCS National Title.