Newton, Ziemba named All-Americans; Malzahn finalist for Broyles Award

Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton and senior tackle Lee Ziemba were named to the American Football Coaches’ Association All-America team, the group announced Monday.

Ziemba and Newton are the first Auburn players to receive All-American honors since guard Ben Grubbs in 2006, and it marks the first time the Tigers have had multiple All-Americans since 2004.

Newton has accounted for 43 touchdowns this season, which ranks second in the nation and tied for second in SEC history. He has set the Auburn single-season records for touchdowns accounted for, points (117), passing touchdowns (24) and rushing touchdowns (18).

Newton has set an SEC record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 1,336 and is the first player in SEC history to total 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

The junior, already a finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards, was also named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback and the only QB award to take bowl performances into consideration.

Other finalists for the award are TCU’s Andy Dalton, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor, Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Oregon’s Darron Thomas and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden.

Ziemba, who has started every Auburn game since arriving on campus, set a school record with his 50th consecutive start against Alabama on Friday.
The Tigers’ offense this year has set school records for total offense (5,881), rush yards (3,495) and points (499) and it ranks in the top nine nationally in all three categories.

No. 1 Auburn, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 14 Oklahoma State are the only schools to place two players on the 25-man All-America team.

Malzahn a finalist for Broyles award
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

The Tigers rank in the top 15 nationally in six offensive categories this year.

Auburn has averaged 459.8 yards and 37.3 points per game in 25 games under Malzahn.

TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman are the other finalists.

The 2010 Broyles Award winner will be announced next Monday.

Newton, Fairley earn SEC honors
Newton was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley was named co-Defensive Lineman of the Week for their parts in the Tigers’ 28-27 comeback win over Alabama on Friday.

Newton completed 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns and also ran 22 times for 39 yards and another score.

This is the sixth time Newton has won the SEC weekly award.

Fairley recorded two sacks in the win over Alabama, including one in the first half in which he also caused and recovered a fumble to stop a Crimson Tide drive inside the 10.

He now has an SEC-high 20 tackles for loss on the year — a school record — and his 9.5 sacks rank second in the conference.

Fairley shares this week’s award with Georgia defensive end Abry Jones, who recorded 16 tackles and two TFL in a win over Georgia Tech.

Fairley has won five weekly awards this year: four for Defensive Lineman of the Week and one Defensive Player of the Week.

The Tigers have now won 17 SEC weekly awards this season.

Other winners are: Mike Berry (Offensive Lineman of the Week), Mike Blanc (Defensive Lineman of the Week), Josh Bynes (Defensive Player of the Week), Mike Dyer (Freshman of the Week) and Wes Byrum and Demond Washington (both Special Teams Player of the Week). | 737-2568

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