Cam Newton may have grabbed most of the publicity from the University of Auburn’s NCAA Championship run and the 2011 NFL draft, but DT Nick Fairley will most likely have the better career in the NFL.
Drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Fairley will team up with Ndamukong Suh to bring “Double Trouble” to the NFC North.
Fairley has been frequently described as a lazy, cheap shot artist who stepped up his game only in high-profile moments last year.
Pointed out by TheOrangeCrush “Those are very strong accusations, which you’d think would be backed by a pile of tape. After reviewing a slate of Fairley’s 2010 contests, it’s quite clear that the metrics do not concur with most of these damaging descriptions.”
It was researched and in the eight game breakdown (at Mississippi State, vs. Clemson, vs. South Carolina, at Kentucky, vs. Arkansas, vs. LSU, at Ole Miss and vs. Georgia), Fairley was in the game for 427 out of 544 plays, or 78.5 percent of the time.
This is an amazing percentage for a defensive tackle at 299 pounds.
The study also takes in account the games where Auburn was up by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and decided to play subs.
It was researched that there were 18 of those plays which would increase the percentage to 81.1 percent.
Fairley became one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the nation for a reason.
He matched his previous season total of 1.5 sacks in Auburn’s first game of the year, setting the stage for a season in which he recorded 11.5 sacks, tied for seventh most among FBS players and was a consensus first-team All-America selection. He also won the Lombardi Award as the best lineman or linebacker in the nation.
He capped the season by earning defensive MVP honors in the BCS National Championship Game, recording five tackles (including 3.0 for a loss).
His former teammate Cam Newton now sits in Carolina and may be without star wide receiver Steve Smith.
The Panthers averaged an NFL-low 12.2 points last season and finished with a 2-14 record.
On the other side the Detroit Lions continue to be full of promise and now have one of the best interior defensive lines in all of football.
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