ATLANTA -- After the 408 yards of total offense and the six touchdowns and the MVP award, Cam Newton decided to celebrate Auburn's SEC championship with the people he cares about the most -- the Auburn fans.
Newton took a victory lap around the Georgia Dome, sprinting from end zone to end zone, from sideline to sideline, shaking hands and exchanging high-fives with everyone and anyone in orange within arm's length.
For the record, Newton completed 17 of 28 passes for 335 yards and four TDs, and added 73 yards rushing and two more touchdowns. He averaged 9.7 yards every time he touched the ball. He so completely dominated the game that he was named the game's MVP midway through the fourth quarter.
"I can say this because we've only got one game left and he can't get too big of a head, but I can say he's probably the best football player I've ever seen," said Auburn coach Gene Chizik. "I've never seen anything like it to be honest with you. Usually great quarterbacks do one or the other better, either running the ball or throwing the ball. What God has blessed Cameron with is the ability to be really, really good at both."
Chizik would get no argument from the South Carolina coaching staff.
"In 36 years of coaching, there's a bunch of them in that list of (greatest players)," said South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "But talent-wise? There's no question about it. And I think the scheme he's in maximizes his abilities."
Newton, the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, put on a jaw-dropping performance despite weeks of allegations and controversy. Newton's father, Cecil Newton, and former Mississsippi State player Kenny Rogers were accused by two Mississippi State boosters of trying to get as much as $180,000 for Cam Newton to play for the Bulldogs while he was being recruited out of junior college last year.
The Auburn athletic relations department had not made Newton available to the media in almost a month. The last time Newton spoke with the media was the week before the Georgia game on Nov. 13. His eligibility for the SEC championship game was in question until the NCAA cleared him to play on Wednesday.
Newton addressed the media for nearly 30 minutes following Saturday's game, but refused to comment on the allegations or the NCAA investigation. Newton started the press conference reading from a prepared statement.
"I would like to thank my teammates, my coaches and the Auburn family for their support it means a lot to me," Newton said. "As I said before, I've done nothing wrong. I'll only answer questions about football and this game, and I ask that everyone please respect that."
His teammates have marveled at Newton's focus, while the media storm swirled about him and the program.
"The guy is an absolute rock," said Auburn offensive tackle Lee Ziema. "Nothing seems to bother him. He's so focused on this team and his teammates. I'm not sure I would have been as strong he was during this whole thing. He hasn't really changed as a person. I don't think he let it bother him."
Wide receiver Darvin Adams, who had an SEC championship game record 217 receiving yards, said Newton was able to stayed focused on what was important.
"He puts his teammates first and this team first, and that's why everyone on the team supports him," Adams said. "He never let it get to him. He was always focused on his job."
Newton credited the people around him for keeping him grounded.
"It's easy for me. A lot of people don't realize or recognize my support cast," Newton said. "You can believe that coach Chizik is a part of that support cast. It's the people behind the scenes that have helped me do the right things and keep my head clear and free of any distractions."