ATHENS, Ga. — It’s been an eventful day of Georgia football news, and we’ve got even more in the category of player recognition. Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas has been named the Outland Trophy National Player of the Month for October as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The projected top-10 pick in 2020’s NFL Draft is a crucial part of Georgia’s offensive line that has done an incredible job protecting quarterback Jake Fromm this season, and he’s been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season, most recently on Monday for his efforts against Florida.

As a unit, the offensive line ranks first in the nation in sacks allowed with just 4.0 in eight games. They also are averaging 222.4 rushing yards per game, second in the SEC. Last weekend against Florida, the SEC leader in sacks, Georgia’s offensive line held strong and kept Fromm on his feet as they did not allow a single sack to the Gators.

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown was as recognized with the Player of the Month honor on the defensive side of the ball. Brown and Thomas will meet each other next weekend as No. 6 Georgia travels to take on No. 11 Auburn on the plains.

Thomas has started 36 of 37 games since arriving on campus as a freshman from Atlanta, Ga. in 2017. He was named to several Freshman All-American Teams including ESPN and USA Today among others in 2017, and received recognition as an All-American by Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press in 2018. This year, he finds himself on the mid-season All-American teams for The Sporting News, CBS Sports, Athlon, ESPN.com, and the Associated Press.

Two other members of Sam Pittman’s room are also on the watch list for the Outland Trophy. Left guard Solomon Kindley and right tackle Isaiah Wilson both have missed games this year due to injury, but when they’ve been on the field, they’ve been as good as just about anybody.

The Outland Trophy is given annually to the nation’s best interior lineman. The watch list will be cut to up to seven players on November 20, and three finalists will be announced on November 26. The recepient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 12, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Thomas and the Bulldogs take the field once again Saturday at Sanford Stadium at 7:00 pm ET against Missouri. The Tigers have had a season characterized by inconsistency. They began the year with a loss to Wyoming before going on a five game winning streak. They have since lost back-to-back games to SEC East opponents, Vanderbilt and Kentucky respectively. Saturday’s game between the Bulldogs and Tigers can be seen on ESPN.