Cam Newton not eyeing NFL yet

Updated: December 30, 2010, 1:52 AM ET
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley say they didn't submit their names to the NFL Collegiate Advisory Committee to evaluate their draft status.

Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, said Wednesday night that "I don't think we've got around to that" and that he's not focusing on the NFL decision. Both players are juniors.

Asked if he had made up his mind, Fairley said "I haven't even thought about it."

The junior All-American and Lombardi Award winner is projected as a potential top 10 pick if he skips his senior season.

Newton and Fairley have led the top-ranked Tigers to the BCS national championship game against Oregon.

They'll have until five days after the Jan. 10 game to declare for the draft.

Newton, meanwhile, spent part of Christmas Day dishing out green beans. Or "Santa beans" as he called them.

The Auburn quarterback said Wednesday he spent about two hours at Turner Field in Atlanta serving homeless people for Hosea Feed the Hungry, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Martin Luther King Jr. People's Church of Love.

Newton says he posed for some pictures but for the most part "had to step outside of Cam Newton the athlete and step into Cam Newton the human being and the person that is very caring."

He says it was an "eye-opener" and something he wants to do again soon.

Newton says the trip home to Atlanta was nice after a whirlwind when he won the Heisman and the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell awards.

He says his family won't let all that get to him.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.