AUBURN – Junior quarterback Cam Newton and junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley were both honored with weekly player of the week awards by the Southeastern Conference on Monday. Newton was named the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Fairley was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Newton, who earned his third SEC Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, accounted for four touchdowns during Auburn's 65-43 victory over then-No. 12 Arkansas on Saturday. Newton rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, and completed 10-of-14 passes for 140 yards and another score.
The College Park, Ga., native scored on touchdown runs of 5, 1 and 3 yards, and connected on a 15-yard scoring strike to Emory Blake to give Auburn the lead for good in the fourth quarter. He was 4-for-4 for 52 yards and the TD pass and also had his final rushing touchdown during the decisive fourth quarter.
Newton became the first player in school history to rush for three or more touchdowns in three consecutive SEC games, and the second player in school history to rush for three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games, joining Joe Cribbs (1979).
Newton also became the only player in school history to rush for 170 or more yards in three consecutive Southeastern Conference games, and the second player in school history to rush for 170 or more yards four times in a single season, joining Bo Jackson who accomplished the feat in 1985.
Newton had previously been honored as the conference's Offensive Player of the Week after Auburn's season-opening victory over Arkansas State and the Tigers' victory over South Carolina Sept. 25.
Fairley, who earned his third SEC weekly award as well, registered a career high eight total tackles, including five solo stops. He also had a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries during the game.
Fairley continues to lead the SEC in tackles for loss with 13.5, which is tied for fourth most in the country. He has 33 tackles for the season, which ranks fifth on the team, and has added five quarterback sacks, which is tied for second in the SEC.
Fairley had previously been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Mississippi State Sept. 9, and was named the league's Defensive Lineman of the Week after Auburn's victory over ULM Oct. 2.