2. 2010 QB Cam Newton
Cam Newton’s 2010 season at Auburn is stuff of legends.
In a year where Newton wasn’t on anybody’s preseason radar, to dominate like he did, with little to no NFL talent on the offensive side of the ball, was something special.
And when he ran for a 49-yard dazzling highlight run against No. 6 LSU, he put the world on notice and never looked back.
Coming from the University of Florida and Blinn College, Newton became the only two-time transfer to win the Heisman.
He led the Tigers to an undefeated season and a National Championship victory over the Oregon Ducks.
Newton threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Newton had one of the more memorable Heisman moments–the LSU run is his most notable play but this is his most notable win– as he led Auburn to a comeback victory over Alabama after being down 24-0 in the second quarter.
The game was nicknamed “The Camback” and is one of the best games in Iron Bowl history. But it wasn’t just that game, in 2010, Auburn actually had four wins after trailing by 13 points or more.
Newton ruled the college football world with his power running and clutch play. Not many players could persevere through a scandal near the end of the year and still finish as a champion, but he could.
One of the lasting memories of Newton in college will be his final 2 minute drive to lead the Tigers down the field for a game-winning field goal over the Ducks in the BCS National Championship game.
A perfect season capped off by a perfect ending.
For about a decade Newton was at the top of this list, and it seemed like it would take one of the best seasons by a college player ever for him to lose that spot.
Well… that’s exactly what happened and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know exactly who number 1 is going to be.