AUBURN – Auburn junior quarterback Cameron Newton has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Newton earned the award for his performance during Auburn's season-opening 52-26 victory over Arkansas State.
In his first game as a Tiger, Newton established a new Auburn record for rushing yardage by a quarterback, totaling 171 yards and two touchdowns in just 15 carries. Included in that total was a 71-yard touchdown run, which was the longest run from scrimmage by an Auburn player since Tristan Davis went 75 yards at Kentucky in 2005. His total was also the most in a debut by an Auburn player since Rudi Johnson's
174 rushing yards against Wyoming in 2000.
Newton also completed 9-of-14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He accounted for five Auburn touchdowns in all, which is just one shy of the school single-game record.
Newton currently leads the SEC in both total offense (357.0) and rushing (171.0), ranking fourth and seventh, respectively, in the nation in those categories. He also ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose yards (171.0) and his passer rating of 246.60 is also second best in the conference.
Newton is the first Auburn player to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week since Kenny Irons earned the award in 2006, and the first Tiger quarterback to receive the honor since Jason Campbell in 2004.
Auburn (1-0) will return to action Thursday when the Tigers visit Mississippi State (1-0) in the SEC opener for both schools. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.