Cam's great, but so is Robert Woods 

October, 20, 2010

If you're a big-time college football fan and follow recruiting and backups and all that, Cameron Newton might not be a newcomer to you; he was, after all, the understudy to Tim Tebow on some pretty good Florida Gators squads. For most people, though, Newton is a newcomer -- and a revelation at that. I was initially going to do my normal Wednesday top-10 list on something Heisman-related (Newton's likely the current front-runner for the award) -- if you look at the expected preseason Heisman field, for example, most of those guys aren't in the top three or so that media types are mentioning now, and I was thinking of looking at other surprise Heisman contenders over the years -- but instead, I started thinking about how many topflight newcomers there are in college ball this year. Newton is clearly the cream of the crop through seven weeks, but here's a full list of 10 guys:

1. Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers junior QB
It's been almost 50 years since a QB led the SEC in rushing, but 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton is no ordinary quarterback. The transfer most recently from Blinn JC has been a spectacular fit in Gus Malzahn's offense. Newton, who also is No. 2 in the nation in passing efficiency, has emerged as the Heisman favorite, and he is the biggest reason the Tigers are a BCS title contender.