AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and left tackle Lee Ziemba were both named to the 2010 American Football Coaches Association’s All-America Team on Monday, the first Tigers to earn the honor since guard Ben Grubbs in 2006.
The Tigers were one of only four schools to have two players on the 25-man team.
Newton has accounted for 43 touchdowns, second most in the country and tied for second most in SEC history.
He broke Chris Todd’s year-old single-season school record for touchdown passes (24). He also set the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 18, breaking the mark set by Bo Jackson (1985) and Carnell Williams (2004).
Newton leads the SEC with 1,336 rushing yards and has the nation’s second-best passing efficiency (185.57). He is the first player in SEC history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season.
Newton was also named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which goes the nation’s top quarterback but, unlike other awards, takes into account postseason performance.
Ziemba has started all 50 games since arriving at Auburn, a school record.
He’s anchored an offensive line that has paved the way for a rushing offense that leads the SEC and is sixth nationally, averaging 291.3 yards per game.
Two more SEC winners
Newton was also named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following Auburn’s 28-27 win against Alabama, while defensive tackle Nick Fairley earned co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.
It’s the sixth time this season Newton has gotten the award. Fairley has been honored by the league five different times.
Newton completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns Friday. He also ran for 39 yards and a score.
Fairley finished with four tackles and two sacks. He forced a fumble and recovered it at Auburn’s 8-yard line when the Crimson Tide was poised to score before halftime.
Fairley leads the SEC with 20 tackles for a loss this year (a school record) and has 9.5 sacks, second most in the conference.
Auburn had 17 weekly SEC award winners this season.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn made the cut as one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Malzahn joins TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman as a finalist.
The field was trimmed from 36 to five Monday. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.
Malzahn’s Tigers currently rank seventh nationally in scoring offense (41.6 ppg) and eighth in total offense (490.1 ypg).
Auburn’s only other winner of the award was then-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik in 2004.