07 Dec 2010
The four Heisman finalists were announced today. National Championship-bound quarterback Cam Newton (Auburn) and running back LaMichael James (Oregon) lead a group of four rounded out by Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore.
"Since I was a young boy, playing the game of football has been a pure joy and this season has been a very special one for my teammates and for me," Newton said in one of his few statements since pay-to-play allegations surfaced against him. "I know as a team we're excited to get back on the field on January 10 against a great Oregon team."
On the field, Newton threw for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns while running for 1,409 yards and 20 more scores. He even had a receiving touchdown for fun.
James was the main man in Oregon's electric offense, leading the nation with with 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground.
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