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Newton sweeps national awards

With the Heisman Trophy still be awarded, quarterback Cam Newton has become the most decorated football player in Auburn history.

Quarterback Cam Newton with Maxwell, Davey O'Brien awards/Todd Van Emst photo

Thursday, on the ESPN College Football Awards Show, Newton was named the winner of the Maxwell Award as the nation's top player and the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback. Newton became the first Auburn player to win the Maxwell Award.

Earlier Thursday, he was named winner of the Walter Camp Award, also signifying the nation's top player.

"I'm just a blessed individual. No guy would be able to do it without a supporting cast, and I have a great one, starting with my offensive lineman."

Newton, a consensus All-American and SEC Offensive Player of the Year, is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday in New York City.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik was presented with the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award.

"This team is probably the most courageous, resilient team I've been around," Chizik said in accepting the award, "and I've been doing it 25 years."

Tackle Nick Fairley was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, signifying the nation's best defensive player, but it went to LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Newton reiterated Thursday that he “did no wrong” and did not know anything about an alleged “pay for play” scheme involving his father, Cecil, and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers.

"I'm a person that did no wrong," Newton said in an interview shown by ESPN.

Newton's father has not commented publicly since the NCAA ruling was issued. Asked if he thought his father had done anything wrong, Newton said: "It's not for me to say but I know if I pick up the phone Cecil will be there."

Newton said he had no bitterness toward his father.

"My love for him is unconditional," Cam Newton said. "This type of situation can split a family but it makes us stronger."

Newton credited his teammates and Auburn coach Gene Chizik with helping him through the 24 hours between when he was ruled inelgible and reinstated.

"It was crazy for me," he said.

Newton told ESPN he hadn't directly asked his father what transpired between him and Mississippi State, but "at the end of the day I can look him in the eye and know he has my best interests at heart."

Newton, who played at Florida when Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was offensive coordinator, said he talked to Mullen and his wife, Megan, after deciding to choose Auburn.

"I called Coach Mullen," Newton said. "I told him what I had on my heart at the time. I talked to him and his wife. We had an excellent conversation. They wished me the best and I wished them the best."

Newton described the conversation as "emotional" but added: "I wouldn't have been able to go to sleep at night without me being able to say I called Coach Mullen."

Newton was asked if anything could have been misunderstood in his conversations with Mississippi State after he decided to go to Auburn. "Through my eyes, I feel that nothing was misunderstood," he said.

Cecil Newton issued a statement Thursday saying he will not attend the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City.

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