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Heisman Trophy 2010: Auburn's Cam Newton Leads Candidates

The Heisman Trophy's candidates list is now out in the wild, and as expected by everyone with electricity Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton made the cut. Also included: Oregon Ducks RB LaMichael James, Boise St. Broncos QB Kellen Moore, and Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck. Newton and James will meet in the BCS National Championship Game.

Newton has been the odds-on favorite for weeks now, and his record-setting onslaught in the SEC Championship Game against South Carolina only increased his advantage. SEC players -- Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow and Alabama Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram -- have won two of the last three Heisman Trophies, with Auburn players winning in 1971 (Pat Sullivan) and 1985 (Bo Jackson).

A swirling controversy aside, All-SEC First Teamer Newton is the easiest Heisman choice in years, perhaps even decades. The other three nominees are outstanding players, and Atlanta Falcons fans just might get to see Luck twice a year since the Carolina Panthers should have the first pick in next year's NFL Draft, but the Heisman has belonged to Newton since midseason.

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