AUBURN – SportsIllustrated.com and Phil Steele named four Auburn players to mid season All-American and All-SEC teams Wednesday .
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was named a first-team mid season All-American by both SI.com and Phil Steele. The junior leads the SEC with 13.5 tackles for loss and has been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week or Defensive Lineman of the Week three times this year.
Junior quarterback Cam Newton, who leads the nation by accounting for
25 touchdowns and leads the SEC in rushing, was named to Phil Steele's mid season All-America first team, while SI.com gave Newton second-team honors.
Senior tackle Lee Ziemba was also named to Phil Steele's midseason All-America first team, while senior center Ryan Pugh was a second-team pick by SI.com and a third-team selection by Phil Steele. The two linemen have been instrumental in Auburn ranking sixth nationally in rushing offense (283.7) and scoring offense (40.7), and ninth in total offense (481.1).
In addition, Phil Steele announced his mid season All-SEC teams.
Fairley, Newton, Ziemba and Pugh were all named to the first team, and were joined by senior offensive guard Byron Isom and senior defensive end Antoine Carter.
Phil Steele had junior wideout Darvin Adams and senior linebacker Josh Bynes on his mid season All-SEC second team, while senior safety Zac Etheridge was named to the third team.