OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE MONTH
Ole Miss OT Fahn Cooper
Ole Miss has one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, which obviously starts at the line. This unit was dealt a big blow before the season with the suspension of All-American tackle Laremy Tunsil, but the front five’s maintained without him, thanks to Fahn Cooper.
Cooper stepped into Tunsil’s spot on the left side after a somewhat slow start in 2014 at right tackle. Cooper’s now thriving, most recently winning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
UCLA C Jake Brendel: The turnaround of the UCLA offensive line from recent years is one of this season’s most impressive, early story lines. Center Jake Brendel is the center of that wheel, having taken on de facto leadership duties with positions coach Adrian Klemm serving suspensions in the spring and for the Bruins’ first two games.
Georgia OG Greg Pyke: Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer prefers a more old-school approach than predecessor Mike Bobo, which starts with domination on the line.
Greg Pyke leads a veteran front five that’s paved the way to Georgia averaging a whopping 6.8 yards per carry; fourth best in the nation.
TCU OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Boykin’s otherworldly statistics the last season and change are credit one of the nation’s best, if not most underrated offensive lines. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is the leader of this group and fuel to offensive coordinator Doug Meacham’s high-octane style.