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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Early notes: Newton named AP Player of the Year

Add another award to Cam Newton's postseason haul.

Newton was named the Associated Press' Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Newton received 51 first-place votes from the 60-member AP panel. Boise State's Kellen Moore was second with three. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was third with two. Four ballots were unreturned.

Newton has won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien and Maxwell awards. He also was named Walter Camp player of the year.

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Only got head coach Gene Chizik, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Ted Roof today. Here are a few quick notes:
  • After four practices, Auburn goes back on a break for the holidays. The Tigers practiced Wednesday morning and won't be back on the field until Dec. 28. "They'll spend some times with their families, which is well-deserved and needed," Chizik said. "And we'll come back and be ready to crank it up again."
  • Auburn had two weeks off before resuming practice last Saturday. There was a little bit of rust, which the coaches said they knocked off pretty quick. Now, they have another five-day break. "We'll have to get after it when we come back," Malzahn said. "I think our guys understand that. We have another break. Our goal when we come back is to be locked and loaded and get them back in playing shape. I think after those two weeks these four practices have been pretty good. We'll have to be the same once we come back."
  • Still no news on the academic front. Chizik said he doesn't know when all the information would be in to make any decisions if players have eligibility issues.
  • Graduate assistant Rhett Lashlee, who played for Malzahn in high school, recently took the job as Samford's offensive coordinator. Malzahn called him a great coach with a bright future. "His best days are ahead of him," Malzahn said.
  • Malzahn had some pause, though. "We play him next year. So the stress level's already kicked in. He knows all the signals," Malzahn joked. Lashlee will stay on the staff through the BCS title game.
  • Roof on Oregon RB LaMichael James' ability to get through a hole that's not very big: "It's like he goes through the eye of a needle sometimes."

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