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Monday, September 6, 2010

Quarterback Cam Newton named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after impressive debut

Cam Newton's impressive debut caught the eye of the SEC. The quarterback was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after a five-touchdown effort in a 52-26 win against Arkansas State in the opener.

Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and completed 9 of 14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. His 357 total offensive yards and five touchdowns were SEC highs in the first week.

Newton is the first Auburn player to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week since Kenny Irons earned the award in 2006, and the first Tiger quarterback to receive the honor since Jason Campbell in 2004.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior college transfer broke Auburn's single-game quarterback rushing record of 160 set by Phil Gargis in 1974.

Newton's rushing total was the most in a debut by a Tigers player since Rudi Johnson went for 174 against Wyoming in 2000.

Running back Mike Dyer also got a nod from the SEC as an honorable mention. The freshman ran 14 times for 95 yards and a touchdown in his debut.

1 comment:

Tar Heel Tiger said...

I attended the 1974 game vs Georgia where freshman QB Gargis had 160 yds rushing. It was a great game, AU 17-13.

Also made it to the WY game in 2000.

Newton looked great last night. I hope he also looks great against SEC defenses this year.