Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is one step closer to claiming the school's first Heisman Trophy in 25 years.
Newton was named one of four finalists Monday, five days before the winner will be announced in New York.
The other finalists are Stanford's Andrew Luck, Boise State's Kellen Moore and Oregon's LaMichael James.
Newton has accounted for a nation-best 49 touchdowns this season, setting Auburn single-season records for passing touchdowns (28) and rushing touchdowns (20) while also catching one. He leads the nation in passing efficiency (188.16) and leads the SEC in rushing (108.4) and total offense (307.5).
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Auburn has had two Heisman Trophy winners in its history — Bo Jackson (1985) and Pat Sullivan (1971).