In our latest The Five update, we take a look at Auburn’s all-time best quarterbacks.
Campbell led Auburn to a 13-0 record in 2004.
5. Jimmy Sidle
Sidle became the first quarterback to lead the nation in rushing in 1963 when he gained 1,006 yards on 185 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He also passed for 706 yards and five touchdowns earning All-American honors. Sidle led Auburn to a 9-2 record that season including a 10-8 win over Alabama. Auburn earned a trip to the Orange Bowl where it fell 13-7 to Nebraska.
Craig still holds the single-season passing record with 3,277 yards in 1997. All told, he completed 427-of-782 passes for 6,026 yards and 39 touchdowns in his Auburn career. He added 804 rushing yards and 19 more touchdowns. Craig was 18-7 as a starter and led Auburn to its first SEC Championship game, a 30-29 loss to Tennessee, in 1997. Craig wasn’t surrounded by a whole lot of talent and the year after he left, Auburn finished 3-8 in Terry Bowden’s final season.
3. Jason Campbell
Campbell finished his Auburn career second in passing yards (7,299), second in completion percentage (.646) and second in touchdown passes (45). As a senior in 2004, he was part of one of the best Auburn teams in history that finished 13-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country. He completed 188-of-270 passes for 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2004. He won a school-record 31 games as a starter.
2. Pat Sullivan
Despite finishing up his career more than 40 years ago, Sullivan is still near or at the top of many Auburn passing records including fourth in yards (6,284) and first in touchdowns (53). Sullivan’s 71 career touchdowns, he had 18 rushing, were tied for most in NCAA history at the time. In 1970, Sullivan led the nation’s in total offense with 2,856 yards. In 1971, he won the Heisman Trophy after completing 162-of-281 passes for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was 26-7 as a starter.
Newton had a season for the ages in 2010.
1. Cam Newton
Newton had one of the all-time best seasons for any quarterback in NCAA history in 2010 when he lead Auburn to a 14-0 record, the BCS National Championship and won the Heisman Trophy. He completed 185-of-280 passes (66.1 percent) for 2,854 yards with 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns on 264 carries. His passing yards are the second-most in a single season at Auburn and his rushing yards are third-most behind Bo Jackson and Rudi Johnson. Newton was the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft and was named Rookie of the Year.
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