Auburn up for five ESPYS

The accolades might keep coming for Auburn's football team.

The Tigers were nominated for five awards for the 2011 ESPYS -- ESPN’s award show that honors the best in sports annually.

The ESPYS will be held live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on July 13.

Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is up for Best Breakthrough Athlete and Best Male College Athlete. Last season, Newton was the driving force in Auburn’s national championship run, passing for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, while leading the SEC in rushing with 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. Surprisingly, he wasn’t nominated for Best Male Athlete.

Gene Chizik was nominated for Best Coach/Manager, after leading the Tigers to a 14-0 season a year removed from an 8-5 record in his first season on The Plains.

Auburn’s 28-27 comeback win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl is up for Best Game. The Tigers erased a 24-0 deficit, outscoring the Tide 28-3 from the second quarter on.

Auburn is also nominated for Best Team and is the only SEC school up for any ESPYS this year.

Here’s a look at the categories involving Auburn:


  • Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers

  • Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

  • Arian Foster, Houston Texans

  • Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Li Na, Tennis


  • Auburn beats Alabama, Iron Bowl

  • Butler upsets Pittsburgh, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • Eagles rally to beat the Giants, NFL

  • Oklahoma City edges Memphis in 3 OT, NBA Playoffs


  • Auburn Football

  • Boston Bruins

  • Dallas Mavericks

  • Green Bay Packers

  • San Francisco Giants

  • Texas A&M Women’s Basketball


  • Gene Chizik, Auburn Football

  • Jim Calhoun, Connecticut Basketball

  • Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks

  • Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

  • Dom Starsia, Virginia Lacrosse


  • Cam Newton, Auburn Football

  • Jimmer Fredette, BYU Basketball

  • Andy Miele, Miami (Ohio) Hockey

  • Rob Pannell, Cornell Lacrosse

  • Kemba Walker, Connecticut Basketball

Fans can go online and vote for all 33 categories until 11:59 p.m. on July 9.

Check back here later for our own version of the ESPYS -- SEC style.