The 2010 Heisman Trophy was a formality, as Auburn's Cam Newton has long been considered the overwhelming favorite following the beat down Auburn gave to South Carolina in the SEC title game. Newton won the award by the fourth largest margin ever by defeating runner-up Andrew Luck with 79 percent of all possible first-place votes. Of the 926 ballots mailed out, 886 were returned. Newton was omitted on 105 ballots, but was first on 93 percent of the ballots on those that included him.
The final order was Cam Newton, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Oregon's LaMichael James and then Boise State's Kellen Moore.
This is Auburn's third Heisman Trophy winner, the previous two were quarterback Pat Sullivan in 1971 and running back Bo Jackson in 1985.
In his acceptance speech, Newton was so overwhelmed in the moment that he was unable to come out with his remarks early on. A person in the crowd shouted, "We love you, Cam!" to provide a moment of relief.
The Heisman Trophy is college football's oldest award and it was first won in 1935 by Chicago's Jay Berwanger. Last year's recipient was Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Now Cam Newton joins the Heisman Club and becomes enshrined as one of college football's all-time greats.