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Auburn quarterback Cam Newton joles for photographers after the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.  Newton won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the best quarterback, and the Maxwell Award, given to the best all-around player. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Photo by: Phelan M. Ebenhack
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton joles for photographers after the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. Newton won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the best quarterback, and the Maxwell Award, given to the best all-around player. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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