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Fairley makes an impact defensively

Leading Auburn's defensive line this season is junior tackle Nick Fairley.

Fairley leads the SEC and is ranked third nationally in tackles for loss at 17.

He has been awarded the SEC Defensive player of the week honor four times this season.

No other Auburn player has ever been awarded SEC defensive player of the week that many times.

Against LSU, the Mobile native had six tackles, recorded 2.5 sacks and accounted for 23 yards of loss.

He has recorded 7.5 sacks this season, which is the second-most in the league.

Head coach Gene Chizik said he thinks Fairley should be a candidate for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.

"Anybody that watched the game would have a hard time denying the fact that he's one of the best defensive linemen in the country," Chizik said. "It is what it is. The facts are the facts."

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