Auburn's Derrick Brown, Georgia's Andrew Thomas earn national Player of the Month recognition
A little more than a week ahead of their meeting on The Plains, Auburn DL Derrick Brown and Georgia OL Andrew Thomas have taken home honors from the Outland Trophy for the month of October.
The trophy gave them Player of the Month honors.
Brown, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound senior had seven tackles at LSU and five against Mississippi State and at Florida the two prior weeks. Despite only a three-game month, 17 of his 37 total tackles (fourth on Auburn’s defense) came in October. On the season, Brown has eight tackles for 42 yards of losses and with 4.0 sacks.
Brown started October well with five tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a sack Oct. 5 at Florida. Despite Auburn’s 24-13 loss, he earned the second of his three SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. He now has 151 career tackles, 29.0 TFL and 13.0 sacks.
The Tigers have at least five TFLs in every game this season and their 64.0 TFLs are tied for 19th nationally (tied for the SEC lead). The Tigers lead the league with 7.1 TFL’s per game in SEC play.
Thomas, a 6-5, 320-pound junior, has been the stalwart on the left side of the offensive line this season, and has consistently graded at 90 percent or above by Pro Football Focus.
Georgia is second in the SEC with 222.4 rushing yards per game, with the bulkiest line in school history, averaging 6-5 and 328.6 pounds. The Bulldogs were third in the SEC through October with 36.0 points per game and are tied for tops in the nation (with Air Force) by yielding only 4.0 sacks this season.
Led by Thomas, the line play helped earn D’Andre Swift the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week after a 179-yard rushing game Oct. 19 against Kentucky, his career-high. Thomas has been the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week twice.