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Newton makes 'hard decision'

AUBURN – Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton called the decision “very hard.” But in the end, he did what most expected and announced Friday he will make himself available for the NFL draft.

Cam Newton cuts loose against Oregon/Todd Van Emst photo

Newton said he made the decision after consulting with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and his family.

“This decision was difficult for me and my family,” Newton said. “After talking to Coach Chizik and Coach Malzahn, I think it is best that I make that next step in my career and forgo my senior season and enter the NFL draft. It was a very hard decision for me, especially after coming off the great season we had at Auburn. I’m blessed to have been around an excellent environment and have great teammates, coaches and support from the Auburn family.”

Newton was consensus All-American and the most decorated player in Auburn history, leading the Tigers to the BCS national championship and a 14-0 record.

Newton broke numerous Auburn single-season records, including rushing touchdowns (20), passing touchdowns (30), touchdowns responsible for (51), total offense (4,327) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,473).

“It’s been a blessing for me to be a part of something so great,” Newton said. “Any time you win games it’s a big deal, but for this school to win a BCS National Championship, what a way to make people happy. Auburn is a special place that I can call home.”

Chizik praised Newton for what he did on and off the field.

“We appreciate Cameron’s many contributions to Auburn and the outstanding leader that he was for our football team,” Auburn Chizik said. “He had one of the greatest individual seasons ever by an Auburn player and was a key part of our championship run. Cam will always be a member of the Auburn family, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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