*The Associated Press has voted Auburn’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cameron Newton Player of the Year – capping a season in which he led the Tigers to a No. 1 ranking in college football and a spot in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against No. 2 Oregon.
In addition to the Heisman, Newton has received the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards for his spectacular season.
An NCAA investigation into Newton’s recruitment, which threw his eligibility into doubt during November, had no effect on how he played down the stretch — or the voting for the AP award. It was about as lopsided as the Heisman vote.
Newton received 51 votes from the 60-member AP football poll panel. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore received three, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck got two, and four ballots went unreturned.
In less than a year, Newton has gone from the obscurity of junior college to helping transform a team that went 8-5 last season and started this one ranked No. 22 in the AP top 25 poll (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) to a perfect Southeastern Conference championship.