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Monday, October 25, 2010

Newton, Fairley honored by SEC for fourth time

In what's becoming a weekly tradition, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were both honored by the SEC on Monday.

Newton was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Fairley was tabbed Defensive Lineman of the Week. It's the fourth time each has been honored this year.

Newton cemented his Heisman Trophy contender status with a career-best 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Auburn's 24-17 win against No. 6 LSU. He also threw for 86 yards.

The junior led a rushing attack that ran for a school SEC record 440 yards. LSU, the league's former top-ranked rushing defense, was allowing 83.6 yards per game on the ground.

Newton broke the SEC's single-season rushing record by a quarterback and now has 1,077 yards this year.

Newton became the fourth Auburn player to earn four SEC Offensive Player of the Week awards in the same season. Bo Jackson was the first to do it in 1985, while Brent Fullwood accomplished the feat the next season. Carnell Williams won four awards in 2003.

Fairley added to his impressive totals with six tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. The latter two were both career highs.

Fairley leads the SEC in tackles for a loss (17) and is second in sacks (7) to Georgia's Justin Houston.

Auburn has had at least one SEC award winner every week this season. Here are all of them:
  • QB Cam Newton: Offensive POTW against Arkansas State, South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU
  • DT Nick Fairley: Defensive POTW against Mississippi State, D-line POTW against Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas, LSU
  • LB Josh Bynes: Defensive POTW against Clemson
  • DT Mike Blanc: D-line POTW against South Carolina
  • PK Wes Byrum: Special teams POTW against Kentucky


Tar Heel Tiger said...

so, who was the overall defensive POTW?

Andy Bitter said...

Justin Houston of Georgia: 5 tackles 3.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, FR, FF vs. Kentucky

Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks, Andy.