Nick Fairley: Despite the Hype, Fairley Not On Ndamukong Suh’s Level

January 15, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s all about the hype.
In Nick Fairley’s case, it reached a fevered pitch during the BCS National Championship game, but can he live up to expectations?
During the matchup between Oregon and Auburn, Kirk Herbstreit made some rather large claims about the defensive tackle.
Herbstreit stated that Fairley commanded attention in the same fashion that current Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh did while at Nebraska.
This is far from the truth.
Comparing the two players’ senior seasons, Fairley put up fantastic numbers with 60 tackles (36 solo, 24 TFL, 11.5 SCK, 2 FF, 21 QBH and 1 INT/0. Suh bested him on nearly every level as a Cornhusker posting 85 tackles (52 solo), 24 TFL, 12 SCK, 1 FF, 28 QBH, 10 PBU and 1 INT.
The key difference: Fairley often came through unblocked, like a raging bull through a matador’s cape. Suh showed the ability to disengage a blocker or two.
Things got taken to a new level last Friday.
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