Auburn will be without their two superstars next season as Nick Fairley and Cam Newton both entered the NFL Draft. It was widely expected both players would enter the draft but the deadline was approaching as Saturday is the final day for underclassmen to enter the draft. These two players will be the faces of the 2010 National Championship season and their defections could severely alter the expectations for Auburn in 2011.
It'd be a completely different year if Cam Newton had chosen Mississippi State instead of Auburn. However, he didn't and the rest was history. He put up one of the greatest years in college football history. Newton rushed for 1,473 yards with 20 touchdowns and threw for 2,854 yards with 30 touchdowns on the season. He broke conference records for yards rushed by a QB and Auburn records of touchdowns rushing and passing. Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy, The Davey O'Brien Award, The Maxwell Trophy, and a few others. His season is certainly deserving of all the accolades he received regardless whether the off-the-field issues could potentially put an asterisk by this season from Auburn and Newton.
Nick Fairley terrorized every QB he faced this season and is destined for a Top 5 NFL Draft pick. Fairley led the conference in tackles for loss with 24.5 and set the Auburn school record for sacks in a season with 11.5. He also had 60 total tackles and had 1 interception. Fairley spent only two seasons at Auburn as he came from a junior college but really became a star player in 2010. He is known for his intensity on the field and an ability to get to the QB with his size and power. Fairley should be a productive NFL player.
They've accomplished everything they could at Auburn and both are future 1st round picks. It makes the most sense to go to the NFL now. The SEC will be glad to see these guys go to the NFL.