Nick Fairley. The nations leading candidate for theLombardi and Outland awards. Dominating the defensive middle like noother. Yes, LSUs Drake Nevis and Alabamas Marcell Dareus are NFL firstrounders, but neither is playing at the level of Fairley.
Get these numbers: 6-5, 298. Number one in theSEC, third in the nation in tackles for loss at 17a particularly impressivestat for a defensive tackle. Usually its DEs and LBs with big TFLtotals.
Oh yeah, 7 sackshe had 2 , one body slam and onequarterback casualty in the win over previously unbeaten LSU.
Fairleys coach is Tracy Rockerthe aptly named Auburn starback in the late 80s who had 13 TFLs and 5 sacks in 88 himself.
Rocker says the Fairley impact has forced opposing linemento resort to going low for cutblocks, along with double teaming. And,btw, offensive teams are throwing much shorter passes. Wonder why?
Nick is a JC transfer from Copiah-Lincoln Community Collegein Mississippi. He signed with Auburn out of high school but failed toqualify. A native of Mobile, Fairley is leaving bodies all over the SECwith his violent (but legal) hits, so its a bit surprising to learn that hisfavorite off field pass time is hanging with his nieces and family. Yeah,the big lug, with a big heart.
Howto stop Cam Newton? Well, Nick Fairley might be able to do itbut,fortunately for Cam , Nick wears the same colors.