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QB says Nick Fairley's rep is warranted

Updated: January 6, 2011, 10:01 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley gained what his teammates and coaches said was an unfair reputation this season of being a dirty player.

Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas said Thursday it was warranted.

"Oh yeah, we've seen he's got a lot of dirty plays, throwing people around after the play and things like that," Thomas said Thursday. "But that's just football. I don't worry about it because it's a physical game."

Fairley, the Lombardi Award ...

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