Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy
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Despite a mid-season NCAA investigation that rendered him briefly ineligible, Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.
Newton beat out Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.
The week before the Southeastern Conference championship, the NCAA announced that Cecil Newton tried to pull off a play-for-pay scheme with Mississippi State, but there was no evidence that his son or Auburn knew about it. The NCAA decided Cam Newton would be allowed to play, but his father's access to Auburn athletics would be limited. The sports governing body has left open the possibility that Cam Newton's status could change if new evidence came to light.
Newton, who was not selected to the Football Writers Association of America's All-America team, led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 1,409 yards, scored 21 touchdowns and was the nation's top-rated passer with 2,589 yards passing and 28 TD throws.
Newton was greeted by hundreds of Auburn fans when he enterered the Best Buy Theatre before the awards show.
Eagle" arrived nearly an hour ahead of time to recreate an Auburn tradition. Fans normally line the path into Jordan-Hare stadium in a "Tiger Walk" for players before games.
Newton's Tigers will play James and the Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Az. on Jan. 10.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.