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Ole Miss DC says Newton is the best

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has taken advantage of every opportunity this week to remind anyone who is listening that Auburn is No. 1 in the BCS standings.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton

Then, Tuesday, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix talked about quarterback Cam Newton as the Rebels prepared for Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“Newton is a heck of a player,” Nix said. “He's got to be the frontrunner for the Heisman. Right now he may be the best who's played the position in such a short period of time. He's a ballplayer. He's fun to watch.”

Nix compared Newton to perhaps the top player to play for Nutt.

“He's kind of like (Darren) McFadden back there, the first big guy to go back there and run the Wild Rebel,” Nix said. “He has the same running style, same ability, but also can throw, a true dual threat.”

Tackling, Nix said, will be the key if Ole Miss is to contain him.

“We have to tackle,” Nix said. “Everybody that has played him has struggled to tackle the guy. That will be our biggest challenge, to tackle him. We missed a couple of tackles a week ago, but this guy's touching the ball every snap, so hopefully for us he'll be handing it off or throwing to someone to get it out of his hands.

Nix said Newton is not a one-man team, but offered a familiar refrain, wondering where Auburn would be without him.

“It sure revolves around him,” Nix said. “I tell you what. You take him out of that team and it would be interesting to see where they're at, but you can't do that. He's there and he's a heck of a ballplayer.

“His ability to run opens up the passing game and draws so much attention that (Onterio) McCalebb can bust free on a long run. (Newton) is a weapon on every play.”

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