Cameron Newton, quarterback at Auburn University, was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, the award given annually to college football's most valuable player.
According to ESPN, Newton received the third highest percentage of first-place votes in Heisman history despite an off-field controversy that nearly cost Newton his eligibility.
Earlier this season, it was reported that Newton's father requested money from schools during the recruiting period in exchange for his son's playing services, a major violation of NCAA rules.
As Fox Sports announced, though, the NCAA determined that Cameron Newton had no knowledge of his father's violations, which allowed him to keep his eligibility.
Newton became the first Heisman winner at Auburn since 1985, and he will try to cement his legacy at the school by winning the national championship against Oregon next month.