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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nick Fairley named Nagurski Award finalist

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was named one of five finalists Wednesday for the Bronko Nagruski Award, given to the national defensive player of the year.

He joins Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Georgia linebacker Justin Houston, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Fairley leads the SEC and is tied for fourth nationally with 18 tackles for a loss. He also has 7.5 sacks, second most in the conference.

Fairley is also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and one of 15 players on the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

The winner of the Nagurski Award will be announced Dec. 6.


MikeP said...

This should come down to Fairley and Peterson at LSU.
Hopefully Nick has another great game against bammer and wins this thing. It would be OUTSTANDING to have Nagurski and Heisman winners in the same year at Auburn.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to earn this kind of award and not be on a great D?

Ryan said...

Re: Anonymous

The award is for the "national defensive player of the year" so the team's defense should play no part in the decision really. Unfortunately that kind of logic is often found in these awards (Heisman rarely goes to anyone outside the top 4-5 teams)

If it did though, I would argue it shows more when a player steps up and is as dominant as Fairley has been as opposed to a good player on a team with an already great defense.

Usually easier to fit into the mold and feed off every great around you when you have that, seems to be tougher to be a one man show and still dominate.

Just my $0.02.

Jeremy Eubanks said...
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Anonymous said...

To bad character doesnt come into play as Nick wouldnt crack the top 5. Considering the hits at LSU as well as UGA hes a piece of $h1t!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lots of whiners these days, I see a kid playing hard every week and aggressively pursuing QBs as he's supposed to.

Anonymous said...

aggressively pursuing? lol I guess his brain reacts aggressively late because he can sure put it on a qb after he releases the ball just ask Aaron Murray about his spine.