Cam Newton, Auburn
After playing at Florida and Blinn College, Newton made his way to Auburn and made a mark like no one had for the Tigers since Bo Jackson in the 80s. Newton took college football by storm, using his near-superhuman combination of size, speed, and power to dominate even the top-tier teams of the SEC. At 6’5”, 248 pounds, no player in the nation could match what Newton could do on the field. Even against teams like Oregon and Alabama, Newton seemed to defy every defense imaginable, trucking over opponents and throwing touchdowns when it seemed impossible. Newton won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide over Andrew Luck in 2010, finishing the season with 50 combined touchdowns. Newton led his team to the national championship that year and went on to become the first “modern” college football player to take home the Heisman, win a title, and be taken first overall in the NFL draft in the same one-year range.
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