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Monday, October 18, 2010

QB Cam Newton, DT Nick Fairley nab SEC honors, keep Auburn's yearlong streak alive

Auburn's streak continues. Quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley earned SEC player of the week honors for their performances in a 65-43 win against Arkansas.

The Tigers have had at least one player honored by the league every week this year.

Newton earned co-Offensive Player of the Week honors with Kentucky's Mike Hartline. Newton ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns and added 140 passing yards and another score.

Newton became the first payer in school history to run for 170 or more yards in three straight SEC games and only the second player to rush for 170 or more yards four times in the same season. Bo Jackson who did it in 1985, his Heisman Trophy year.

It's the third time Newton has earned the award. He got it after Auburn's wins against Arkansas State and South Carolina.

Fairley was named Defensive Lineman of the Week after making a career-high eight tackles, five of which were solo stops. He had one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries, one of which ended in a hard hit that knocked Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett out of the game.

Fairley, who has won two previous SEC awards earlier this year against Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe, leads the SEC in tackles for a loss with 13.5 and is tied for second in sacks with five.

Here are all of Auburn's SEC weekly award winners this year:
  • QB Cam Newton: Offensive POTW against Arkansas State, South Carolina, Arkansas
  • DT Nick Fairley: Defensive POTW against Mississippi State, D-line POTW against Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas
  • LB Josh Bynes: Defensive POTW against Clemson
  • DT Mike Blanc: D-line POTW against South Carolina
  • PK Wes Byrum: Special teams POTW against Kentucky


MikeP said...

I don't remember Auburn, or any team for that matter, getting as many of these awards as we are accumulating this year.

All I can say is WAR EAGLE and keep 'em coming!

Andy Bitter said...

I want to say the league has expanded how many awards it gives out on a given week. I thought it was only Off, Def, ST and Rookie in the past. Maybe I'm just thinking of how the ACC did it.