You’ll hear a lot of talk this week about how Cam Newton came out of nowhere to win the Heisman, about how nobody had him as a possible candidate before the season.
However, we’ve been on top of things from the start here at HP.
Here’s what I wrote way back in February of 2007 in a column for CSTV:
Newton is an amazing athlete at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds. He is the perfect fit for Urban Meyer’s spread offense and I think he’ll be the back up to Tim Tebow next season and, once he becomes the starter in a couple years, he’ll put up huge numbers for the Gators. He has the arm to make all the throws and the running ability to make defenses pay. Florida fans should be excited, because players like him don’t come around very often. Expect for him to make a run at the Heisman in 2010.
I also included Newton on my list of future Heisman candidates this past February when he signed with Auburn out of Blinn JC. And here’s what I wrote about him in May of 2010, well before the season:
I think it’s only a matter of time before an Auburn quarterback has a monster season in Gus Malzahn’s offense. It looks like Cameron Newton could be that guy in 2010…In a year without a cut-and-dried preseason Heisman favorite, Newton has to be considered as a possible dark horse candidate if his development in Auburn’s offense goes smoothly.
I think it should be pretty clear now who had the early goods on this year’s Heisman race.