Sunday I posted the most egregious cheap shot of the football season, a blindside spear delivered by Auburn’s Nick Fairley into the back of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
Another example of overt dirty play by Fairley came earlier in the game.
After Murray delivered a pass in the first quarter, Fairley took multiple steps before driving the quarterback into the ground. While Murray was on his back, Fairley used his facemask to gouge the chin of the quarterback. Murray’s resulting bloody wound had to be bandaged by Georgia medical personnel.
Certainly that play wasn’t as bad as the spear Fairley delivered to Murray later in the game (above), but the conduct was still unacceptable and was yet another illustration of Fairley’s dirty play during the game and this season.
After the game, of Fairley’s unnecessary violence, Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION noted:
Asked if the Bulldogs were displeased that Fairley had seemed to spend the afternoon hitting Murray just after he delivered a pass, (Georgia Coach Mark) Richt said: “I’m not going to answer that question.”
Under NCAA rules, the two Auburn players who were ejected will have to sit out the first half of the Tigers’ next game, which is against Alabama.
“Just really disappointed in that,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “That’s a lot of reflection on us as coaches, and I’m embarrassed by it. That’s not who we are. That’s not the way we carry ourselves, and we will address it tomorrow.”
Chizik has yet to do anything that indicates Fairley’s incessant dirty play isn’t exactly who Auburn is.