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INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the 60 interviews the Dallas Cowboys will conduct at the NFL scouting combine during the next few days will be with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, according to vice president/director of player personnel Stephen Jones.
Newton led Auburn to the BCS championship in his one year as a starter, throwing for 2,854 yards and rushing for 1,473 and combining for 50 touchdowns."I think obviously that position of quarterback you're immediately going to start looking for leadership," Jones said. "You're going to start looking for intangibles, and his physical abilities are pretty good. As far as in an interview, you're looking for a guy who is going to be the face of your organization that you feel like will be a leader for your team and is a winner."
The Cowboys hold the ninth pick in the first round of April's draft and have not taken a quarterback in the first round since selecting Troy Aikman with the No. 1 overall pick in 1989.Interviewing Newton should be viewed as the Cowboys learning as much as they can about a player who burst onto the scene in one year, not a surefire sign they would draft him.
Because of the offense Newton played in at Auburn and his limited -- albeit successful -- track record, there are questions he will need to answer in the next month or so.
Cowboys backup Jon Kitna played well in Romo's absence last season and is signed through 2011. Stephen McGee won his only start and showed potential in the final two games. He is signed through 2012.Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com contributed to this report.