The Auburn Tigers have been a bit up and down in recent seasons, but after starting true freshman quarterback Bo Nix this past season, they appear to have their starter for the future. He is following in the footsteps of many of the great Auburn passers over the years.
Here's a look at four of the greatest Auburn quarterbacks in program history, both recent and past.
4. Jarrett Stidham (2017-18)
Jarrett Stidham transferred in from Baylor and played two seasons at Auburn. He completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 5,952 yards and 36 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions. While the stats don't blow you away, Stidham played very well in his to seasons, before leaving school early to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
3. Jason Campbell (2001-04)
Over four seasons with the team, Jason Campbell passed for 7,299 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also added another nine touchdowns on the ground. During his senior season, Campbell completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns, finishing seventh in Heisman voting. He went on to be a first-round selection to the Washington Redskins at the NFL level.
2. Pat Sullivan (1968-71)
Pat Sullivan may not crack Auburn's list of top-5 arms by career passing yardage, but he does boast an award that only one other QB on this list can too: a Heisman Trophy (1971). Despite playing nearly 50 years ago in much less explosive passing era, Sullivan does still own the program records for both most career passing TDs (53) and total TDs (71) in Auburn history. When his time with the Tigers was all said and done, Sullivan walked away from The Plains having helped lead Auburn to a 33-11 record during his four seasons with the program.
1. Cam Newton (2010)
Cam Newton was only a Tiger for a single season, but the 2010 Heisman winner left a lasting presence. He completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Cam also excelled as a runner, gaining 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Without a doubt, he put together one of the greatest college football seasons for a quarterback during his lone season at Auburn. While his one season with the Tigers limited him from a career achievement perspective, his ability to lead Auburn to just its second National Championship in school history – something Sullivan did not achieve – gives Newton the bump on this list.
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