Newton's Laws of Motion
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One of the things I love about college football is seeing the individual performances by some of the athletes. I remember the things Deion Sanders used to do at Florida State twenty years ago. He had a flash and charisma that told everyone he had gifted talent while running back punts and picking off passes. I remember Vince Young and his unreal performance for Texas in the BCS title game a few years back. I also remember Michael Vick (as much as I even hate to acknowledge his existence) and the remarkable runs he would put together. Most recently, I had to pick my jaw up off the ground repeatedly at the things CJ Spiller would do.
Now, etched in my brain forever, is the run of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton against LSU from this past Saturday. Breaking tackles, changing direction, bursting speed, and then diving across the goal line carrying a defender, it was one of the best runs I have ever seen.
Heisman winners often have that one moment that gives the voters something to hang on to. We all know about Desmond Howard's beautiful punt return and pose for Michigan in 1991. And who can forget Tim Tebow and that "bloody" face back in 2008 on the way to the Heisman.
Newton's run against LSU is up there with the best. For starters, it came against a good defense, not some junior high bunch of wussies. Second, it had it all. It had the twists and the turns, it had the vision, and it had a burst of speed at the end. Finally, it came in a huge game at a pivotal time. It was a huge play!
So, to me, Cam Newton is your favorite - at this point - to win the Heisman. For that to happen, though, Auburn must keep winning. Oregon and Boise State offer up the other two serious contenders in LaMichael James and Kellen Moore, respectively, and the Ducks and Broncos have a lot of winning ahead of them. But I think Auburn will keep winning, as well. On top of that, he will have a national audience perhaps twice more in the form of the Alabama game and a possible SEC Championship Game.
For the season, Newton has thrown for 1,346 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for another 1,000 plus yards and 14 more touchdowns. For you math majors, that's 27 touchdowns accounted for with four regular season games remaining.
But it isn't just the tremendous numbers of Newton that make him a favorite to bring home Auburn's third Heisman Trophy (Pat Sullivan '71 and Bo Jackson '85). He also has a very gripping charisma. He has a huge smile, he loves to interact with the fans during the game, and he glides while he runs making it look effortless. By the way, he is 6'6" and 250 pounds!
And that brings me to his gliding and how he runs. When Newton receieves the ball, he literally glides to the side until he sees a hole in the line. Then he slips through that hole as if he were covered with Crisco oil. He is a slippery snake, and has some sweet moves to boot. All in all, he is just an extremely tough person to keep from gaining yards. It seems as if he can simply fall down and picks up four yards.
As I mentioned, Auburn's season is getting to serious crunch time, and if Newton is going to win the major hardware, I would think they would need to have one loss or less going into the bowl games. An SEC title would all but assure Newton the trophy, in my opinion. But a poor performance against Alabama would probably see the trophy go to someone else. All we can do is sit back, enjoy the highlights still to come, and wait to see what happens. But if I had to cast a vote tonight, I would vote for Cam...
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