NFL Rookies of the Month
October 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
OFFENSE: WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS, HOUSTON TEXANS
- · Hopkins, a first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 27 overall) out of Clemson, led all rookies in receiving yards (270) and tied for an NFL rookie best with 20 receptions in September.
- · In Week 2, Hopkins registered seven catches for 117 yards (16.7 average), including a game-winning three-yard touchdown reception in the Texans’ 30-24 overtime win against Tennessee. Hopkins became the first rookie wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass in overtime since SANTONIO HOLMES (December 31, 2006). He posted the first 100-yard receiving game by a rookie this season.
- · Hopkins’ 270 scrimmage yards lead all rookies in 2013.
- · Has recorded the second-most receptions and receiving yards through the first four games of a career in Texans history, trailing only ANDRE JOHNSON (26 receptions for 346 yards).
- · Hopkins joins DOMANICK WILLIAMS (October of 2003) and STEVE SLATON (December of 2008) as the third Texans player to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month. He is the first Texans rookie wide receiver to win the award.
- · Hopkins is the first rookie receiver to win the award since JULIO JONES in 2011 (December).
DEFENSE: LB KIKO ALONSO, BUFFALO BILLS
- · Alonso, a second-round selection out of Oregon, tied for an NFL-best with four interceptions in September.
- · Alonso finished September with 32 tackles (tied for the most among NFL rookies), one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed.
- · In Week 4 against Baltimore, Alonso posted two interceptions and became only the fourth rookie to have two interceptions against a defending Super Bowl champion.
- · Alonso’s four interceptions tie for the most ever by a linebacker in September in one season (JOHN ANDERSON, CHUCK HOWLEY and JACK LAMBERT).
- · He recorded an interception in three of four games during the month, registering five total takeaways in September.
- · He is the first rookie linebacker in team history to record an interception in three consecutive games.
- · Has helped the Bills register an NFL-best nine interceptions this season.
- · Alonso is only the second Bills rookie linebacker to register four interceptions in a season (MIKE STRATTON, six in 1962).