AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Nick Fairley finally had enough of getting pushed around after he was knocked straight backward by two Mississippi offensive linemen last season.
The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder said he stepped it up after being pushed back 5 yards.
Fairley appears to have retained that mentality this season for the Tigers. He spent much of the game at Mississippi State last Thursday night in the offense's backfield, recovering a fumble and getting a sack and an interception.
The performance earned him Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week honors ahead of Saturday night's visit from Clemson.
What did it earn him from the coaches? A challenge to keep it up.