SEC Honors Auburn's Newton and Fairley

Cameron Newton, the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, talks about this week's matchup with unbeaten LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Cameron Newton, the SEC's leading rusher, has been honored as the co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Arkansas and his teammate Nick Fairley is the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Newton carried the football 25 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns in Auburn 65-43 victory over Arkansas. It was the most points ever scored by Auburn in an SEC game and the combined total of 108 points is the most scored in any SEC game that did not go into overtime.

Newton, who leads the SEC in passing efficency, hit 10-14 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown vs. Arkansas as the Tigers improved their record to 7-0. He shared the award with Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline.

This Saturday the SEC's only unbeaten teams will meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium as 7-0 LSU comes to Auburn. "It is going to be fun," Newton says. "It is a challenge to the whole offense as a group."

LSU is the top defensive team in the league and Auburn is ranked first in total offense and scoring.

"We have got to be on our ‘A' game this week," Newton says. "They have a lot of electrifying players on their team starting off with (cornerback) Patrick Peterson. He is an excellent guy and I have been a fan of his for quite some well."

Newton says that LSU's defense is a "great bunch" and will test his Tigers. "Confidence is nothing they lack," he says. "I think that is what any great player or any good player or team has to have. I think they believe in the scheme they are in. They are bought in. You can see them not being scared to take chances and when they take chances they have pretty much been right."

Nick Fairley

Fairley, a junior defensive tackle who leads the SEC in tackles for losses this season, made a career high eight tackles with five solos, two quarterback pressures and one tackle for lost yardage. He has 13 1/2 tackles for losses this year.

Against Arkansas Newton became the first Auburn player to rush for 170 or more yards in three straight SEC games. He joins Bo Jackson as the only Tiger to have four games in single season with 170 or more rushing yards.

Newton has been named SEC Player of the Week three times this year and Fairley has two SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week awards and one SEC Defensive Player of the Week award this year.

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