Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were named finalists for several major college football awards Monday.
Newton, who has thrown for 2,038 yards, run for 1,297 yards and accounted for 39 touchdowns this season, is one of three finalists for both the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards.
The Maxwell is given to the nation's best player. The Davey O'Brien goes to the the top quarterback.
Boise State's Kellen Moore and Stanford's Andrew Luck are Newton's competition for both. Moore has a 188.8 passer rating and 28 touchdowns passes this year. Luck leads the Pac-10 in total offense and has throw for 2,745 yards to go with 445 rushing yards.
Fairley, whose 18 tackles for a loss lead the SEC, is one of three finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the top defensive player.
LSU's Patrick Peterson (4 INT,) and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers (15.5 sacks) are also up for the honor.
The winners will be announced as part of ESPN's College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9.