The folks at ESPN have found yet another way to pass the time between today and the official start of the 2014 college football season. Their latest creation, The Season, is a 16-man bracket that allows fans to vote for the greatest college football season of all time.
Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, was given the tournament/poll’s fourth overall seed. He will face Boston College’s Doug Flutie, the Heisman winner in 1984, in the first round. The players seeded ahead of Newton, in order of overall seed, are Barry Sanders (1988) of Oklahoma State, Marcus Allen (1981) of USC and Alabama’s Derrick Thomas (1988).
Other former Southeastern Conference players include Herschel Walker (1980) and Tim Tebow (2007), the seventh and tenth seeds, respectively, who will meet in the first round, and former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2012).
In 2010, Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a 14-0 record and the BCS National Championship. He completed 185 of 280 passes (66.1%) for 2,854 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 1,473 yards rushing and 20 scores on 264 attempts. Newton received 729 first place votes for the Heisman that season in a landside. Second place finisher Andrew Luck received only 78 first place votes.
Newton also won the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien and Manning Awards, was named the College Football Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and was recognized as a consensus All-American.
What do you think? Is Cam Newton’s 2010 season a legitimate candidate for the title? Should Bo Jackson have been given more consideration? Let us know in the comments below.