The first Hawgs of the Week of 2016 are a pair of junior linemen, South Pointe’s Jaydon Collins and Lewisville’s Jaylen McFadden.
Jaydon Collins, South Pointe: The junior right guard had eight blocks deemed “big-time” by offensive line coach Mike Zapolnik during the Stallions’ win over Northwestern. Collins has a grade point average north of 3.0 and enjoys eating pasta and laying tile with his dad. The transfer from Nation Ford graded out at 94 percent, added a pancake block and allowed zero sacks last Friday against the Trojans. Zapolnik said he was a huge reason South Pointe rushed for 275 yards in the win.
Honorable mention: Preston Vang, Clover; Keavius Barnes, Lancaster
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1A, 2A, 3A
Jaylen McFadden, Lewisville: One of the few Lions players lining up on both sides of the football, McFadden not only had 13 tackles against Andrew Jackson but also played well on the offensive line. The junior graded out at 85 percent with four knockdowns and three pancake blocks. He also set a pair of key blocks on single-wing plays that led to Lewisville touchdowns. McFadden has a grade point average over 3.0. Read more about him here.
About: These awards are given out weekly based on input from offensive line coaches from around the area. The 12 schools in The Herald’s coverage area are split into two groups: 4A and 5A schools, and 1A, 2A and 3A schools.