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Newton, a junior quarterback from College Park, Georgia, led No. 1 Auburn to a 13- 0 regular season record and a win against No. 2 Oregon in the Bowl Series Championship game. The 6-6 signal caller's season was nothing short of astounding. He led the FBS with a passer rating of 188.16, completing over 67% of his passes for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions.
Perhaps even more impressively, he shattered the Southeastern Conference rushing record for quarterbacks by gaining 1,409 yards. In accounting for 48 touchdowns, he helped the Tigers rank sixth nationally in scoring.