McNeill named Rookie of the Month

Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill of the San Diego Chargers earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September, the NFL announced.

Who says offensive linemen get no love?

Marcus McNeill, a second-round selection from Auburn (No. 50 overall), won Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

McNeill is the starting left tackle for the 2-0 Chargers and has played on every San Diego offensive snap. Protecting the blind-side of quarterback Philip Rivers, McNeill is a significant part of an offensive line that has not allowed a sack while establishing the No. 2-ranked rushing attack in the league, averaging 217.5 yards per game.

"I am very proud of it," he said. "I want to thank God for putting me in this situation to win this award."

In addition, despite playing only two games, the Chargers' offensive line is the only unit in the league that has paved the way for two rushers to gain at least 175 yards: LaDainian Tomlinsn (202) and Michael Turner (175). Beyond not allowing a sack, McNeill and his linemates have afforded Rivers time in the pocket to post the second-highest passer rating in the league (107.4).

With the 6-8, 336-pound McNeill helping create holes to the end zone, San Diego is tied with San Francisco for the most rushing touchdowns with five. This past month represents the Chargers' third perfect September in six seasons.

A consensus All-America selection at Auburn, McNeill's honor marks the third time a player from Auburn has won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in the past five months as Tampa Bay's Carnell Williams earned the award in September and December of 2005.

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