DALLAS (FWAA) — For their outstanding individual
performances in leading one of the country's top offenses and defenses,
Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Georgia
offensive tackle Andrew Thomas have earned
Outland Trophy National Player of the Month honors
for October, as selected by the Football Writers Association
of America and presented by the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases (NFID).
Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases, is awarded annually to the nation's best interior lineman.
NFID's involvement with the trophy is intended to increase awareness
about flu prevention. This is the second season for the FWAA to
select national players of the month.
Brown, a 6-5, 318-pound senior from Sugar Hill, Ga., has tackle
statistics that have progressively improved, parlayed into
an outstanding October. He had seven tackles at LSU on Oct. 26 and
five against Mississippi State and at Florida the two prior weeks.
Despite only a three-game month, almost half (17) of his 37 total
tackles (fourth on Auburn's defense) came in October. In a five-game
September, he had but 13 tackles. 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
Auburn's defensive front has been dominant with Brown plugging
the middle, but also on the stat sheets. The Tigers have at least
five TFL's in every game this season and their 64.0 TFL's 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 from Lithonia, Ga., is the eldest
starting member of the Georgia offensive line and one of three Outland
Trophy Watch List members on the roster, along with fellow junior
Solomon Kindley at left guard and right tackle Isaiah Wilson.
Thomas has been the stalwart on the left side this season protecting
quarterback Jake Fromm, continually grading at 90 percent or above
on the Pro Football Focus scales. The outstanding play up front
has yielded plenty of results. 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.
The Bulldogs are the only FBS team to have four different players
go over 1,000 yards rushing during the 2017 and '18 seasons, and
this season D'Andre Swift is closing in on another with 760 yards
and seven touchdowns. He is averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 11.4
yards per catch on 13 receptions. Led by Thomas, the line play helped
earn 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.
Brown's Tigers host Thomas' Bulldogs in a key SEC game next Saturday,
The recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during
ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, live from
the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation
to the winner will be made at the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases Outland Trophy Award Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises
on Jan. 15, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. Up to seven semifinalists will be
named on Nov. 20 and three finalists for the award will be announced
on Nov. 26.
Former Pitt offensive tackle Mark May, the 1980 Outland Trophy
winner, is serving as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador on
behalf of NFID. May is making media appearances on behalf of the
#FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind everyone 6 months
and older to get an annual flu vaccine.
The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football
award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA
with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland
Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football
ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania
in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the
credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football
Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious
awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24
awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org
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About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
(NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated
to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the
burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.
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About the Football Writers Association of America
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America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists,
broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college
football. Led by current President Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times,
longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran
journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help
college football prosper at all levels. Visit
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