Lineman Claims Tigers' Sixth SEC Honor Of The Year

Auburn, Ala.--Junior offensive tackle Marcus McNeill has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his strong play in the Tigers' 42-10 win over Kentucky, the SEC office announced on Monday.

McNeill, a Decatur, Ga., native graded out at 97 percent against the Wildcats and had four pancake blocks as the Tigers racked up 210 rushing yards.

The 6-8, 332-pounder is the sixth Tiger to be honored by the SEC this season and the second offensive lineman. Fellow tackle Troy Reddick was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Tigers' victory over Mississippi State, Jason Campbell has been named SEC Offensive player of the Week twice (Sept. 20 and Oct. 18) and Carnell Williams was given the honor this season as well (Sept. 13). Also, Junior Rosegreen was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the Tennessee game in which he set an Auburn record with four interceptions.

Marcus McNeill and the Tigers' offensive line have played a big role in Auburn's success so far this season.

The junior is an Outland Trophy candidate, which is presented annually to the nation's best offensive lineman. McNeill, who was named an All-SEC second team selection prior to the 2004 season, was recently named to the CBS Sportsline Mid-Season All-America Team as well, and has not allowed a sack all season. He also graded out over 90 percent against LSU and Tennessee and helped the Tigers rack up 522 yards of offense against Arkansas two weeks ago.

"Marcus has been very consistent for us all season and has been a big part of our success on offense," says head coach Tommy Tuberville. The coach adds that McNeill's improved health in 2004 has helped the big tackle have his best collegiate season. Although he started the past two seasons, a back injury caused the tackle some problems.

"It is obvious how much more mobile Marcus is this year," Tuberville says. "It is good to see him moving around so well out there."

McNeill and his third-ranked Tigers will take on Ole Miss this weekend in Oxford in the 6:45 p.m. CST ESPN game. With a win Auburn would clinch the SEC Western Division title and a spot in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

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