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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Newton, Fairley make Walter Camp watch list

Quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were two of 15 players named as players to watch for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, a national honor.

Newton is one of nine quarterbacks on the watch list. Fairley is one of two defensive players.

Newton is ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency (183.58) and is eighth nationally in rushing (117.9 ypg), while accounting for a nation-leading 37 touchdowns.

He became the first player in SEC history and the eighth in FBS history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season this year.

Fairley leads the SEC with 18.0 tackles for loss, which is tied for fourth most in the nation. He also leads Auburn with 7.5 quarterback sacks and ranks fourth with 47 total tackles.

Five finalists will be announced Dec. 1, with the winner named Dec. 9.

Here is the full list of players on the watch list:
WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
QB Andy Dalton, TCU
RB LaMichael James, Oregon
DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
QB Robert Griffin, Baylor
RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
QB Cam Newton, Auburn
QB Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
QB Denard Robinson, Michigan
RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut
In other Fairley news, the Birmingham News reports that the defensive tackle will not face any suspension in the Iron Bowl. I don't know why this is an issue, considering Fairley was not ejected from the game and did not strike an opponent in the face area with his helmet (which is what has earned other players suspensions earlier this year). But it's out there.

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