Junior quarterback Cam Newton and junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley have been added to midseason watch lists for two prestigious college football awards, the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday.
Newton has been added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the most outstanding collegiate football player in America. Fairley is now on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
Newton currently leads the SEC in rushing (112.0 ypg) and ranks 17th nationally, and has had three games with at least 170 yards rushing this season. Newton also leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in passing efficiency (180.73), ranks second in the NCAA in points responsible for (21.0) and is second in the SEC and 12th nationally in total offense (301.7). He has twice been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, after performances against Arkansas State and South Carolina.
Fairley leads the SEC and is tied for fifth nationally in tackles for loss (12.5) and is tied for second in the SEC and tied for 24th in the nation with 5.0 sacks. Fairley, who ranks fifth on the team with 25 total tackles, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance during Auburn's win at Mississippi State, and was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his performance vs. ULM.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on Nov. 8 and three finalists for each award will be announced Nov. 22. The winners of the 2010 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on Dec. 9, 2010. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 4, 2011.