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Monday, November 29, 2010

Newton, Fairley named SEC players of the week; Newton, Ziemba named AFCA All-Americans

Auburn dominated the SEC Player of the Week rundown one final time Monday.

Quarterback Cam Newton was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the regular season finale, while defensive tackle Nick Fairley earned co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

It's the sixth time this season Newton has gotten the award. Fairley has been honored by the league five different times.

Newton completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in Auburn's 28-27 come-from-behind win at Alabama. It gave him 24 passing touchdowns this season, breaking Chris Todd's school record set last year.

He also ran for 39 yards and another touchdown, his school record 18th rushing touchdowns this year. Bo Jackson (1985) and Carnell Williams (2004) had the previous record.

Fairley finished with four tackles and two sacks against Alabama. He forced a fumble and recovered it at Auburn's 8-yard line when the Crimson Tide was poised to score before halftime.

Fairley leads the SEC with 20 tackles for a loss this year (a school record) and has 9.5 sacks, which are second-most in the conference.

Here's the full rundown of Auburn's award winners this year:
  • QB Cam Newton: Offensive POTW against Arkansas State, South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Alabama
  • DT Nick Fairley: Defensive POTW against Mississippi State, D-line POTW against Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas, LSU, Alabama
  • LB Josh Bynes: Defensive POTW against Clemson
  • DT Mike Blanc: D-line POTW against South Carolina
  • PK Wes Byrum: Special teams POTW against Kentucky
  • CB Demond Washington: Special teams POTW against Ole Miss
  • RB Mike Dyer: Rookie OTW against Ole Miss
  • LG Mike Berry: O-line POTW against Georgia
UPDATE: In other award news, Newton and left tackle Lee Ziemba were both named to the AFCA All-America Team. Ziemba, a senior, has started all 50 games of his Auburn career, a school record. He's anchored an Auburn offensive line that has paved the way for a rushing offense that leads the SEC and is sixth nationally, averaging 291.3 yards per game.

4 comments:

Ryan said...

Andy,

I would assume this is some kind of Auburn record, if not SEC record for single player receiving POTW honors since the SEC giving them out (I can only imagine Tebow coming close)

Do you happen to know if this is the case?

Andy Bitter said...

I think this is safely an Auburn record.

Not sure about the entire SEC. I don't know how long they've been giving out these awards.

Anonymous said...

How in the world did Fairly not get named AFCA All-American?

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Fairley should be on the All America team. He has done just as much for the team on defense as Cam has on offense.