Kyle Roper Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior Kyle Roper has been named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week it was announced by the league office on Monday. The center from Powder Springs, Ga., is the first Razorback offensive lineman to win the award since its inception this season by the SEC.
“I’m proud of the effort of our entire offensive line in Saturday’s game,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “They really set the tone for us early. Kyle was a warrior for us in the middle. He had an outstanding game. I’m glad he was recognized not only for his great performance on Saturday, but also his consistent play all season long.”
Roper earned a 95.5 percent grade, including a perfect 100 percent mark on passing plays, in the Razorbacks’ 35-3 win over Ole Miss. He played 68 snaps and tallied a career high 11 knockdown blocks against the Rebels. His 11 knockdowns were the most by a UA offensive lineman since All-America offensive tackle Shawn Andrews racked up a school record 21 knockdowns last season against Alabama. Roper helped clear the way for 452 yards of total offense including 297 yards rushing.
This season, Roper has started all nine games at center earning a team-best average grade of 91.8 percent. He has graded out at 90 percent or better in eight of nine games this season. His 11 knockdowns against Ole Miss pushed his season total to 27.
In other league awards, Florida quarterback Chris Leak earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors while Auburn defensive back Carlos Rodgers took home defensive honors. Auburn’s Carnell Williams won SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. LSU defensive end Marcus Spears was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
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