Newton makes unusual journey to Heisman favorite

By: AP
By: AP

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers and Cam Newton paired up
by happenstance.

Assistant coach Curtis Luper went to Blinn College to look at a
wide receiver prospect and wound up dazzled by Newton. Now, the
mesmerizing quarterback is the Heisman Trophy favorite after
catapulting the Tigers into the national title game against Oregon.

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn says he'd never heard
of Newton until Luper spotted him about a month before signing day.

Newton is one of four Heisman finalists, joining Oregon running
back LaMichael James, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

He's widely regarded as a decisive favorite after a season when
neither SEC defenses nor an NCAA investigation slowed him down.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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