John Michael Schmitz has separated himself from the rest of the country early on this season.

The Minnesota offensive lineman is the highest-graded center so far this season, and it’s not particularly close.

Schmitz has a grade of 91.8 and the next highest grade is 85.9, a whopping difference. Schmitz is making his name known among NFL scouts this season and has possibly even solidified himself as the best center in the draft.

The Golden Gophers have allowed just 4 sacks so far this season.

Schmitz is a Flossmoor, Illinois, native and a senior at Minnesota. He has been a part of two All-Big Ten teams and one Academic All-Big Ten team.

Schmitz, through his great protection on the offensive line, has helped Minnesota get out to a 4-1 start on the season. The Golden Gophers made their way into the top-25 before dropping last week’s game to Purdue.

Minnesota has a bye week this week and will take on Illinois in two weeks.