December 7, 2010
Monday Morning Quarterback
Monday Morning QB
Auburn 56 South Carolina 17
AuburnSports.com's Monday Morning Quarterback features several former Auburn players giving their thoughts and opinions on the Tigers' latest win, this week the 56-17 win over South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.
Former Auburn quarterback Ben Leard
On the game
"With the exception of South Carolina's final drive of the first half, in which Stephen Garcia hit Alshon Jeffery on that slant in the end zone to make the score 21-14, that is the best football game that team has played all season. They did a phenomenal job, dominated the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively. From the start, they absolutely dominated that football game and left no doubts as to who the best team in the country is."
On winning by 39 points
"It not only caused the national media, the national spectators, folks that look at it with an unbiased view, it caused them to see how good this team is, how good they are, what they are capable of, and it answered a lot of questions. I think it did a lot in regards to the forecast to the national title game. And as far as the Auburn faithful, the Auburn family goes, it really provided us with a huge lift of confidence going into the BCS National Title Game playing what we would like to consider the second-most prolific offense in the country behind the Tigers."
If Cameron Newton is the best college football player in the country
"No question. No doubt at all. I think after the Alabama game Cam solidified his right to get his hands on the Heisman Trophy. I think after Saturday night in the SEC Title Game, he's going to add a lot of stuff to his trophy case, whether it be the Maxwell, the Unitas, the Manning, the Davey O'Brien because of the way he performed in the passing game. There is a lot to be said for the way Cam runs the football and making plays with his legs, but when you talk about awards other than the Heisman Trophy, they tend to be looked at as the prototypical passing quarterback.
"Well, Saturday night, Cam threw for almost 350 yards, accounted for six touchdowns and made some unbelievable throws in the pocket. Not gimmick throws. He made third-and-nines, third-and-eights, hitches, hooks, curls, comebacks and digs. He did a lot of stuff inside the pocket that I think opened up the eyes of the people that make the decisions on those awards. It let them know that this kid is an absolute phenom when it comes to playing the position and can do everything that is asked of a quarterback....
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