UGA’s Houston, Auburn’s Fairley among finalists for Nagurski Trophy

Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston, who leads the SEC in sacks, today was named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to college football’s top defensive player each year.

Among the other finalists: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

In fact, all five finalists are from the SEC and ACC. Houston and Fairley are joined by LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The award is presented by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner will be named on Dec. 6.

Georgia has had only one Nagurski Trophy winner: Champ Bailey in 1998.

Houston, a junior from Statesboro, has 10 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss this season.

94 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

November 17th, 2010
11:04 am

If it is given to the biggest thug-Fairley wins hands down.

Buzzhater

November 17th, 2010
11:05 am

(((51-7))) (((80-63)))

lol!

Fairley's great

November 17th, 2010
11:05 am

The rest of the country (those without UGA on their shirt) recognize how great Fairley is.

He had a cheap shot in the UGA game – 1. That’s all, 1.

He has 2 personal fouls on him all year, but the UGA cry-babies wanna call him and Auburn dirty. UGA HAS MORE PERSONAL FOULS THIS YEAR THAN AUBURN – SO STOP CALLING AUBURN DIRTY, YOU EXCUSE MAKERS!!!

UGA forgets they always lead in penalties, arrests and undiscipliness. They also ignore that they tried to end Nesbitt’s career last year with blatant cheap-shots.

Roger

November 17th, 2010
11:06 am

Fairley’s a great player. He’s getting a bum rap right now by the pathetic Georgia fans. He played great – with the refs watching him – but waaaa waaaa waaaaa says the Georgia folks.

Blame everyone but themselves.

Worm

November 17th, 2010
11:12 am

As a Dawg fan, I’d have to vote for Peterson.

jaxdawgfan

November 17th, 2010
11:13 am

Fairley exhibited anything BUT award-winning character Saturday night. Some Auburn fan claimed his helmet cracks on Murray were “clean hits.” I know that in some misguided circles, those hits were applauded; however, if you’re trying to win by seriously injuring someone else, that tells me you don’t have what it takes to win by skill (and that goes for any of my Dawgs, too) and therefore don’t deserve an award.

I hope the judges take that under consideration.

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2010
11:19 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Millennium Falcon

November 17th, 2010
11:23 am

The auburn fans posting on this blog know very well that those three plays were dirty. They post nonsense to incite. That is the only explanation. Otherwise we would have to conclude that every au fan is an imbecile . . .

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2010
11:24 am

Go Tech!!!!!!!!

gomdawg

November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

GOOD LUCK JUSTIN HOUSTON , GEORGIA IS VERY PROUD OF YOU AND YOU PLAY WITH CLASS. GO DAWGS BRING ON THE JACKETS

Booyah

November 17th, 2010
11:31 am

Booyah says that bowers should win this – check the stats yo…

Ralph

November 17th, 2010
11:33 am

The dirty play of the game came from thUGA when several linemen (unsuccessfully) went after Fairly out of frustration for losing badly in the second half. THAT is what started the fisticuffs and most of the thUGA team to come onto the field.

Not only is thUGA an undisciplined team, but they and their fans are poor sports.

Paul in RDU

November 17th, 2010
11:33 am

No Nate Irving?

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 17th, 2010
11:37 am

If Fairley played for thUGA all you rednecks would love him. thUGA has the most arrests in the SEC counting players, coaches and administrators, but you try to point the finger at Auburn and Florida as being bad programs. You couldn’t take care of Fairley on the field, even when you tried to be dirty. Losers. thUGA is historically a cheating program. All the arrest, but none of the victories!

SHANNON

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey, Mr. “Fairley’s great”. get your facts straight.

1. This year, we don’t have more personal fouls than Auburn.
2. We have cut our penalties in hafl.
3. 9 of those arrests were for stupid traffic violations. The DUI guy was kicked off the team.
4. here is why Newton should be kicked off the team: if it allowed to stand that his dad took money to get him to come to Auburn (EVEN IF NEWTON KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT), then look at the pandora’s box you have created: family members can now pimp out their kids to the highest bidder.

Look, know you are an Auburn homer, but you can’t allow this to happen, and then next week at your local Shriner’s meeting talk about the loss of morality in the country.

It is hypocritical.

Millennium Falcon

November 17th, 2010
11:42 am

How does one rate success? Two defenders out for the first half against alabama is a win in my book. Prediction: The only time anyone hears about auburn next year will be when the sec hands down its punishment and nullifies every win from this year.

Lindsey

November 17th, 2010
11:45 am

Go Justin!! So glad he is a Bulldog, GO DAWGS!!

Columbus Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Richt will have his hands full next year trying to keep his job. He was going to get a pass this year from the money people no matter what. The landscape changes in 2011. I heard one of those such people make the statement that in 2011, Richt would have to “win all of’em he’s supposed to, plus a couple he’s not”. Richt has placed too much emphasis on signing players with the NFL’s and their own instant money success, such as Stafford, Moreno, and Green. He has not recruited players who have UGA’s best interest at heart. Next year he will be hard pressed to seriously contend for the East, and there would have to be a very good reason, not just another excuse if they do not achieve this goal.That may be a very, very tall order with what he will have to work with player wise in 2011. Green needs to stay at UGA another year, because in his own words he said he feels he owes the Georgia people more because of his bad decision with the jersey sale. The heat has been pretty much left off of Richt this year, but it will come quickly in 2011 after having been given two years with 2009 and 2010. Most of the large contributors expect to get something worth while out of it’s big recruits, and I mean for the University of Georgia not the NFL.

Millennium Falcon

November 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Auburn – NCAA punishments handed down five times since 1953. Two of which negated perfect seasons. Get ready for number three. Let’s back our thoughts up with facts. “thUGA is historically a cheating program” Are you retarded? Also, Florida has been the most often arrested program in the sec under urban. Look it up!

Dawgs Ahoy

November 17th, 2010
11:52 am

Fairley is clearly the winner, despite the dawgtards’ whining. They sound like a bunch of crybabies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7mGTZ_k838

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
11:54 am

As far as impact players I would have to say Peterson has had the best season. It would be great for Houston to win it he has played well but doesn’t have the supporting cast that Peterson does.

Al E. Gator

November 17th, 2010
11:56 am

Fairly is a beast – and the only cheap shot I saw was the late spear on Murray.

It’s up to the refs to control the game – and Auburn put a physical beat down on UGA. OUtsocred UGA 42-10 in teh last 3 quarters . Kind of like the physical beat down UGA put on Hawaii. Most Hawaii fans were not to complimentary of UGA’s physical play – but that’w typical when you are on the losing end of a beat down.

And for the record – where was Justin Houston in the Auburn game – don’t recall him making any plays.

Saben

November 17th, 2010
11:56 am

Fairley gets my vote.

He nailed the Georgia quarterback. He plays just as dirty as UGA.

jawga boy

November 17th, 2010
11:56 am

Justin’s done darn good….but rank would dictate Peterson.

shalalalaquandra

November 17th, 2010
11:57 am

Hey war tigers 4-1 beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch

WoW

November 17th, 2010
11:58 am

Are there any blogs anywhere in which UGA fans DO NOT whine, complain and make excuses?

If so, someone please post the URL.

All the Bulldawg crying is getting tiresome.

Oh, Look...

November 17th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bulldawgs are whining again

(what a surprise) … NOT

Pot&Kettle?

November 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

I’m still trying to figure out how Georgia fans can call any other team or any other team’s player *dirty*.

Are there no mirrors in Athens?

Bulldawgs are traditionally low-class. Maybe they’re relieved to finally have some of the spotlight turned away from their glaring flaws? That’s the only explanation I can think of.

Supes

November 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

Houston needs to have a monster game against Tech to have a shot at this award….Fairley is a dirty cheating player…would be a shame for him to even be in the top 5. Thuggish behavior on the field (not just against UGA)…nuff said.

Still@theBAR

November 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

Let’s make it FUN! If Fairley is out for the IRON BOWL, then the SC will have to suspend all the UGA players that rushed the field and more than 1/2 of the UGA O-line for throwing punches and Attacking Fairley.
Do you DAWGS want the rules to be EQUAL or just against a player you think was WRONG?

Still@theBAR

November 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

What team doesn’t want to put out the the other teams QB? What D-lineman is not looking to Take the head off every QB he plays? If the D players gets a flag the coaches is mad, but likes that his player is trying to help his team.
Please ask David Pollack what his job was and what coaches told him.
Pollack is the only UGA player I want to hear from and I have heard not a FREAKING PEEP form him on this issue.

Still@theBAR

November 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

JAXDAWG
Butkus, Ray Lewis, R Lott, and B. Romananski(?) are all Great(Dirty) Players. Daivi Pollack never hit a QB late fron the BLINDSIDE either. UGA never cried FOUL when David made a 2 step late hit on a QB now did you?

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
12:29 pm

You can’t suspend Fairley for that play. I don’t recall in recent memory ANY player ever getting suspended for a hit in college football. Other than throwing punches. He got the penalty called. He showed what end of a horse he most resembles, so call it all good.

One thing for sure, I cannot wait until the Iron Bowl. This year Auburn has a team. Should be one hell of a game.

jumping frog

November 17th, 2010
12:31 pm

Again, what is he majoring in since he is a s/a we should know about the whole package. Seems I remember him barely qualifying on the day before going up to UGA !!

Go Dawgs!

November 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

AU fans crack me up. You all act as though UGA is the first and only program this year to complain about Fairley’s dirty cheapshot hits. When you put your helmet in a players chest and it’s a clean hard hit no one has any issue with that. When you pick up a QB and TRY to drive his throwing shoulder into the ground more than once that’s DIRTY.

The stench that is coming from AU and it’s program right now can be smelled all the way in China.

Karma’s a b*tch and she’s p*ssed by what she sees going on with the AU program right now.

AU fans hope you have plenty of kleenex, you’re going to need it when the FBI, NCAA, and Karma get through with you’re program.

BTW the FBI has a 97% conviction rate, so when they get involved in a case there’s a VERY good chance SOMEONE is going to jail.

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 17th, 2010
12:35 pm

@ Millennium Falcon retard –
Do you know what “thUGA is historically a cheating program” means? It means the university cheats for the athletics programs to get better players and keep them eligible. Jan Kemp and Vince Dooley admitting having a program for 10 years to allow athletes to stay eligible to play football. Yes, these players played for your ONLY National Championship team and most didn’t graduate, some couldn’t read/write but played at thUGA for 4 years. It is well documented, go read about it. Then 15 years later you hire Jim Harrick and his son creating a second academic fraud case against your sorry school. thUGA cheats, it is who you are! These are the facts you are chosing to ignore.

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 17th, 2010
12:37 pm

If I apply thUGA logic, then thUGA’s whole offensive line should miss the Tech game. OHH, but your team’s behavior is acceptable????

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
12:38 pm

Cecil will have to tell Uncle Sam where the money came from. He evidently got some from somewhere. Whether or not Cam is implicated is another story but it sounds like his dad is in big trouble. Possibly spend time in the slammer.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

Congratulations to Nick Fairley on being a finalist for the bronco Nagurski award! Congrats to the other 4 too.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 17th, 2010
12:46 pm

Something tells me Bronco Nagurski wasn’t a whiney type person….

Tech Sucks

November 17th, 2010
12:54 pm

Still at the Bar. Lay off the juice dude.

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 17th, 2010
12:54 pm

COACH PAUL JOHNSON SUCKS

sonyakatwareagle!!

November 17th, 2010
12:56 pm

War eagle!! I agree w/all the Auburn fans!! Ga is being a cry baby. It’s called one word….JEALOUSY…enough said. WDE!!!

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
12:58 pm

Trisha, I would agree that Bronco Nagurski statement….

SuperB

November 17th, 2010
12:59 pm

If it’s for the dirtiest player, Fairley will win.

BoBo Jackson

November 17th, 2010
1:00 pm

Georgia is a clean program…Auburn is a school for cheaters!Bobo

The Referee

November 17th, 2010
1:02 pm

to gdawg: I refereed for 25 years and was a patient official. However, any good official would have ejected Fairley for driving his helmet into Aaron Murray’s back. it was a flagrant attempt to injure the player.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 17th, 2010
1:09 pm

so according to the logic “Georgia is a clean program…Auburn is a school for cheaters”, Then Vince Dooley was a dirty SOB(AU grad) and Pat dye is squeeky clean(UGA grad)..

@gdawginkalamazoo..i admit Cecil has begun to irk me greatly…but I know from Barnharts show that the AU compliance officer is a former lead NCAA investigator, so the fact Cam is playing means there is, to this point, nothing against Cam..

WAR EAGLE!!!!!

Go Dawgs!

November 17th, 2010
1:15 pm

@Still@theBAR

There’s a difference in being aggressive and getting to the QB late and what Fairley did which was just tee-off on the QB LOOONNG after the ball had gone.

Also, I don’t recall ever seeing any of the above mentioned players pick up a player and pile drive them with the intent to purposely injure them. Fairley’s INTENT to injure was obvious to anyone who watched the game other than AU homers.

Again there is a difference between hard-nosed, hard-hitting football and taking cheapshots in an attempt to injure or take out a player.

bdaamwag

November 17th, 2010
1:16 pm

biggest whiners = auburn

“we were undefeated and got held out in 2004 because nodoby like us”
“everybody hates cam because he is great and nobody likes us”
“uga spanked us for 4 years and we finally come from behind to beat them”
“we were number one but got jumped by oregon because nobody likes us”

haha, what a bunch of fools! and guess what auburn, everyone still doesnt like you!
go hug and sing “lean on me” with your band………then go stand in a corner.