By Dennis Washington
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (WBRC) - Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is realizing the pros and cons of being an instant celebrity.
"I tried to go shopping yesterday, and I felt as if it was a memo to everybody that Cam Newton is coming. It is kind of crazy."
The Heisman Trophy winner spoke to reporters Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, as the Auburn Tigers prepare to play Oregon in the BCS National Championship game. Newton says the past year has been a dream come true.
"It was in my dreams," Newton said. "And right now I'm pinching myself because I feel like I'm in a dream every single day I wake up now."
The star quarterback will lead the undefeated Tigers on Monday night, just weeks after receiving this season's Heisman Trophy. Newton was asked if he was aware of how previous Heisman Trophy winners had strugged in the bowl game following their trophy wins.
"I'm aware about it, but I'm trying to break that trend," Newton said. "Like I said, I'm just going to continuously do what got us here. You know, just do that and hopefully we will be successful."
Newton left Florida two years ago as Tim Tebow garnered national attention. Newton attended Blinn College, where he led the school to a national junior college championship, then transferred to Auburn in January 2010 and led the Tigers on an undefeated season and a chance to win the national championship Monday night. Newton, who was interviewed by dozens of reporters Wednesday, said there is no comparison between this year's game and last year's junior college championship game.
"I probably had, what, two people interviewing me after the (junior college) game about how I felt," Newton said. "But this (media interview) is before the game, and this is what I get. So this is a big difference."
Newton says he is not nervous.
"I think the coaching staff has done an excellent job in keeping everything sound and keeping us level headed, know what the task is at hand every single day, whether we are practicing or watching film. The coach does an excellent job in letting us know what we need to do."
Newton did say his father and other members of his family would be in Glendale to see him play. Newton's father, Cecil Newton, became the focus of a national investigation several months ago in the wake of reports that he shopped his son to another school. In early December, the NCAA ruled Cam Newton was eligible to play, but said Cecil Newton did break rules. It declined to comment further pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Newton also refused to answer questions about his future, saying he is only focused on Monday's game.
Auburn (13-0) will play Oregon (12-0) Monday night in the BCS Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.
After the game, you can watch FOX6 and FoxAlabamaLive.com for live coverage of the post-game press conferences, plus live reports from Rick Karle and the Raycom News Network.
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