AUBURN, Ala. -- Cam Newtons trip to Orlando, Fla., was well worth it.
The Auburn quarterback swept the three major national awards he was up for Thursday, winning the Walter Camp Award as the player of the year, the Davey OBrien Award as the top quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player.
It brings a lot of warmth to my heart to receive something like this, Newton said.
Up next for the quarterback is a trip this weekend to New York, where hes expected to be the third Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Pat Sullivan (1971) and Bo Jackson (1985).
It would be a happy ending following a month of tumult after the NCAA ruled Newtons father, Cecil, sought money from Mississippi State last year in exchange for his sons signature on a letter of intent. The NCAA ruled Newton didnt know about the scheme and reinstated his eligibility immediately.
Cecil was not in attendance at ESPNs College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, but his mother, Jackie, was.
Her message to Cam? Be strong, represent and just keep going, doing your thing.
Newtons evening started off right when he received the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award, beating out Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Oregon running back LaMichael James. Sullivan and Jackson are the only other Auburn players to win the award.
In addition to Newton, Auburn left tackle Lee Ziemba and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were named first-team Walter Camp All-Americans. The top-ranked Tigers had the most selections on the first team, which consisted of 26 players.
The teams are selected by head coaches and sports information directors of all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Next up was the Davey OBrien. Newton beat out Luck and Boise States Kellen Moore.
The finale was the Maxwell Award, given to the nations outstanding player. Newton again beat out Luck and Moore.
Just a blessed individual, said Newton, who was the first Auburn player to win either award. No guy would be able to do it without a great supporting cast.
Asked what message he had for his teammates, Newton said, I just want to thank them. And Ill whip up a big old batch of Cammy Cam Juice for them.
Auburn was well-represented at the ceremony. Coach Gene Chizik (Home Depot Coach of the Year), offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn (Broyles Award) and Fairley (Lombardi Award) were all in attendance and recognized for winning their respective awards.
Two Tigers narrowly missed out on awards. TCUs Jake Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy as the nations top center. Auburns Ryan Pugh was a finalist.
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the countrys best defensive player. Fairley was a finalist.
Earlier in the day, two Tigers were named to the SECs All-Freshman team -- running back Mike Dyer and defensive end Corey Lemonier.
Dyer broke Jacksons Auburn freshman rushing record with 950 yards. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns.
Lemonier served as a reserve defensive end and finished with 14 tackles in 13 games. He had four tackles for a loss, two sacks and six quarterback hurries.