LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. » A dapper Cam Newton strolled briskly down the red carpet, smiling and acknowledging adoring fans. He paused momentarily to sign a few autographs, then rushed off to begin collecting some of his postseason hardware.
The Auburn star won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback yesterday at the College Football Awards Show, when he also walked away with the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in the country. His next stop will be New York, where he’s the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy tomorrow.
"No guy would be able to do it without a supporting cast," he said to an audience that included his mother, Jackie, and his coach, Gene Chizik.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback led top-ranked Auburn (13-0) to the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series national title game against No. 2 Oregon on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
Newton led the SEC in rushing with 1,409 yards, while also completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Other awards and their winners were:
» Outland Trophy (best interior lineman): Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin.
» Doak Walker Award (top running back): LaMichael James, Oregon.
» Biletnikoff Award (top receiver): Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State.
» Lou Groza Award (top kicker): Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State.
» Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back): Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU.
» Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player): Peterson.
» Ray Guy Award (top punter): Chas Henry, Florida.