Fairley And Friends Getting Physical With QBs

Auburn standout Nick Fairley discusses his team's defense as the Tigers begin preparations for an SEC road trip to play Kentucky.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn defensive front has been tough on quarterbacks this season and the guy leading the charge, junior tackle Nick Fairley, said that he and his teammates are enjoying their opportunity to smack opposing QBs.

The 6-5, 295-pound redshirt junior picked up his SEC-leading fifth sack of the season in Auburn's 52-3 football victory over ULM as his Tigers improved to 5-0.

On Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium he had a bone-jarring tackle on ULM quarterback Kolton Browning. "I grabbed him around the waist and picked him up and slammed him," Fairley said.

The tackle noted that getting physical with opposing quarterbacks is something the Tigers want to do. "When you see them getting up real slow, we have got them right where we want them," Fairley said. "Just keep on tagging them--it won't be long be they will be out of there."

Fairley noted that Browning was a tough quarterback worthy of respect, but after receiving a constant pounding his backup finished the game. "If you bring in the second string quarterback, I don't think the offense will do as well as it would with the first string guy so that is what we are trying to do," Fairley said.

Even though he spent a considerable portion of the game watching the subs play, Fairley was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after making four tackles with three solo stops for lost yardage. In game two he was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Mississippi State.

The talented junior said the sacks and big plays are a group effort. "Working together with the front four is basically allowing me to make plays," he said.

The redshirt junior is scheduled to graduate in December and is a player the pro scouts are watching closely. Asked if he his planning to come back next season, he said, "Most likely. I am not thinking about it. I am just taking it one day at a time."

The next item on Fairley's agenda is preparing for Saturday's road trip to Kentucky. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CDT from Lexington.

Last season the Tigers suffered a 21-14 setback to the Wildcats, the first time they had lost to Kentucky since 1966. "It was real disappointing," Fairley said of last year's loss to the Wildcats. "We didn't make plays when we needed to. This year we are going to go to practice and go to work and try to do everything right."

Auburn goes into the game ranked eighth nationally against the unranked Wildcats, who are 3-2.

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