More videos have surfaced of cheap shots delivered by Auburn's Nick Fairley to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray during Saturday's game at Auburn. The top video shows Fairley using his facemask to cut Murray's chin after a pass in the first quarter.
Take a closer look at the video below to see exactly how Fairley cut Murray. Sneaky stuff. The guy knows all the tricks. Thanks to Sports by Brooks.
Murray also suffered a "pretty deep bruise in his chest" and a bruised left knee, according to Bulldog coach Mark Richt. He is expected to return for the Bulldogs' game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
After the jump is video of Fairley driving Murray into the ground. Georgia players finally retaliated and the teams scuffled near the end of the game. Tiger defensive linemen Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans were ejected after throwing punches and under NCAA rules, they must sit out the first half of Auburn's next game, which happens to be a biggie — at Alabama on Nov. 26. Fairley, meanwhile, goes unpunished.
CBS analyst Gary Danielson made a case for Fairley being blocked into Murray, but given the Tiger defender's earlier play, it's impossible to side with Danielson.
The next play, Georgia players go after Fairley and a scuffle ensues. Fairley is eventually pulled from the pile and Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor tries to usher him to the sideline. Fairley believes Taylor is there to congratulate him and celebrates at midfield. He just doesn't get it.
Fairley has developed a reputation for body slamming quarterbacks this season. There are two examples after the jump.
Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein tries to rip the helmet off Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead during Saturday's game in Ames. An official throws a flag, then after huddling with other officials, a personal foul is called on Cornhusker fullback Tyler Legate. Go figure. Thanks to Better Off Red.
Boise State's Jason Robinson flattens unsuspecting Louisiana Tech kicker Matt Nelson from behind during the Broncos' 49-20 victory on Oct. 26 in Boise. Nelson suffered a concussion on the play but is expected to play Saturday against Fresno State. Robinson was not penalized.
This past summer, Robinson reached a plea deal of misdemeanor battery after a bar fight that resulted in Robinson breaking another man's jaw. He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail and pay at least $29,000 in restitution, but the judge later suspended 160 days of the sentence and put Robinson on probation for two years.
He was suspended for the season's first three games by coach Chris Petersen.
Note: Video was replaced with a version of higher quality. Thanks to Tracy! The original video is after the jump.
Update: The Western Athletic Conference issued a memo to all coaches and athletic directors informing them that blindside hits away from the ball will not be tolerated. The memo (second item), which deals with the hit featured here and one the previous week in the New Mexico State-Idaho game, reads in part, "These are 'cheap shots' in that both plays are away from the ball and the 'defenseless' [player] is not part of the play."
Notre Dame senior linebacker Kerry Neal stomps on Navy sophomore slot back John Howell during a goal-line play in Saturday's game at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Sports by Brooks has the details. Thanks to Cory.
Each year the Wiz tracks down as many cheap shots as possible in order to call attention to these cowardly acts. If you know of a cheapie, send an email: jayzuma (at) gmail.com. For a look at other cheapies from this season, click here.