The Five: Auburn's best QBs of all-time
Auburn has had arguably three of the best quarterbacks in college football during the past decade.
The Tigers’ legacy of skilled signal callers dates back to the late 1960s, with two of Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winners in program history playing under center.
With the 2014 regular season concluded, and one of the school’s better quarterbacks departing, Saturday Down South ranks the top-five Auburn quarterbacks of all-time.
5. Jason Campbell
As a starter, Campbell played for a different offensive coordinator every year, finally finding success in 2004 under Al Borges. The Taylorsville, Miss., native ranks second all-time at Auburn in passing yards with 7,299, second in completion percentage having completed 64 percent of his passes and second all-time in touchdown passes with 45.
Campbell led the Tigers to their first undefeated season in more than a decade in 2004 while throwing for more than 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns. Campbell won a school-record 31 games in three years as a starter for Auburn.
4. Nick Marshall
The JUCO transfer, along with new head coach Gus Malzahn, orchestrated the biggest turnaround in school and SEC history in 2013, taking a 3-9 club in 2012 to 12-2, an SEC championship and BCS National Championship Game appearance.
During his breakout season, Marshall became the just the fourth SEC quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The Pineville, Ga., native threw for 1,976 yards and added 1,068 yards on the ground while accounting for 26 total touchdowns. His performance against Tennessee made the record books as Marshall rushed for 214 yards and two scores against the Volunteers, the third-best performance by an Auburn quarterback.
He improved in 2014, completing 60 percent of his passes, while throwing for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. HIs 456-yard effort in the Iron Bowl is a school-record. The senior accounted for 505 yards of total offense in the loss to Alabama.
3. Dameyune Craig
Auburn’s current co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach still holds the school record for single-season passing yards with 3,277 in 1997. The two-year starter recorded 6,026 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in his Auburn career, in addition to 804 rushing yards and 19 scores.
Craig won 18 games in two seasons and led the Tigers to their first SEC Championship Game appearance in 1997, a 30-29 loss to Peyton Manning’s Tennessee Volunteers.
2. Pat Sullivan
Sullivan owns the distinction as Auburn’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1971. During his three-year career, Sullivan broke school and NCAA passing records en route to a 26-7 career mark as a starter.
In 1970, Sullivan led college football in total offense with 2,856 yards and set an NCAA record for most yards per play with 8.57. Sullivan accounted for 71 touchdowns during his career — 53 passing and 18 rushing.
1. Cam Newton
He may have the shortest Auburn career of any starting quarterback, but he made that year count.
Newton became just the second quarterback in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards, and broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in an October 24-17 win over LSU. The JUCO transfer broke Sullivan’s record for most touchdowns in a single season — a record that stood since 1971 — with 27.
Newton became the first player in SEC history to throw for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000. His SEC Championship Game performance — he accounted for six touchdowns in the 56-17 win over South Carolina — helped Newton become just the third player in FBS history to throw and rush for 20-plus touchdowns in a single season.
In addition to an SEC and national championship, Newton won just about every major college football award including the program’s third Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Walter Camp Award and more.