OK, we know who will be the top player from Auburn of all time and we will discuss what QB Cam Newton meant to that national title team that he carried on his shoulders about a decade ago. We will go through a handful of some of the best players in #WarEagle history as you learn more about college football and this upcoming Auburn football team.
Nick Fairley, DT
Nick Fairley played two seasons at Auburn after taking the JUCO route, but the unheralded recruit left the Plains as one of the most dominant defenders ever for the Tigers and a key piece to a national championship team.
After a strong 2009 season, Fairley was the star of that Auburn 2010 defense by relentlessly going after quarterbacks and firing up the entire team with his playmaking. While most of the nation focused on Cam Newton's exploits, Fairley put up up 24 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and 21 quarterback hurries.
RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams
Williams broke out as a freshman to became the starting tailback by the end of that frosh season, but injuries kept him from finishing the campaign as he limped to the end of the year and it carried over. Williams also missed a sizable portion of his sophomore campaign with a bad leg injury, with those injuries makes his spot atop the all-time touchdown charts even more impressive.
Cadillac started in 2003 after sharing first-team rushing duties with Ronnie Brown, and both of their careers took off as running back duo and one of the best in college football that season. Williams set a single-season touchdown record at Auburn but that would later be broken by Tre Mason a few years later, with one of his most memorable scores that year coming on the first play of the Iron Bowl against Alabama.
QB Cam Newton
After going back and forth between Auburn's two Heisman winning quarterbacks. Cam had perhaps the best season in college football history in his one and only campaign at Auburn. If he would've played for the Tigers for at least one more year, the final numbers would've been beyond staggering.
Cam Newton ranks sixth all-time in Auburn history in career total touchdowns, eighth in career passing touchdowns and ninth in career total offense. Again, he did that in just one season. What a season it was. Newton led an Auburn team that started the 2010 season outside of the Top 20 and finished it with a national championship which was its first in 53 years.