NFL Rookies of the Month - October

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NFL Rookies of the Month - October

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RAMS RB TODD GURLEY & VIKINGS LB ERIC KENDRICKS

NAMED NFL ROOKIES OF MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Running back TODD GURLEY of the St. Louis Rams and linebacker ERIC KENDRICKS of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.

OFFENSE: RB TODD GURLEY, ST. LOUIS RAMS

  • Gurley, the 10th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia, led the NFL averaging 144.3 rushing yards per game during the month. He rushed for 433 yards and two touchdowns in three games.
  • He started all three games in October – his first three career starts – and rushed for at least 125 yards in each contest. He is the first rookie in 10 years to rush for at least 125 yards in each of his first three starts (CADILLAC WILLIAMS in 2005).
  • Gurley is also the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 125 yards in three of his first four games to begin a career (BILLY SIMS in 1980 and Williams in 2005).
  • He rushed for 146 yards at Arizona in Week 4, 159 yards at Green Bay in Week 5 and 128 yards with two touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 7 (St. Louis had a bye in Week 6).
  • With his performances in Weeks 4 (at Arizona) and 5 (at Green Bay), Gurley became only the fourth rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 140 yards in consecutive games with both of them on the road, joining JOHN BROCKINGTON (1971), Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN (1995) and MIKE ANDERSON (2000).
  • Gurley had a 45+ yard run in all three games in October, including two runs of at least 50 yards. He leads the NFL with three 45+ yard rushes this season.
  • He had 14 rushes of at least 10 yards during the month, the second-most in the NFL.
  • Gurley is the third Rams player to be named Rookie of the Month, joining quarterback SAM BRADFORD (October and November, 2010) and EDDIE KENNISON (October 1996).
  • He is the first Rams running back to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.
  • Gurley is the first running back to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month since Green Bay’s EDDIE LACY (October 2013). 

 
DEFENSE: LB ERIC KENDRICKS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
  • Kendricks, a second-round selection (No. 45 overall) out of UCLA, had 20 tackles, four sacks and one pass defensed in October.
  • He started all three games during the month – his first three career starts – and had at least one sack in all three contests.
  • Kendricks’ four sacks led NFL rookies in October and are tied for the most by a rookie this season. His four sacks were also tied for the most by a linebacker during the month.
  • He had five tackles for a loss in October, including at least one in every game.
  • Kendricks had four tackles and a sack in Week 4 at Denver, his first career start. In Week 6, he had a career-high 10 tackles, a sack and one pass defensed against Kansas City. He finished the month with six tackles and a career-best two sacks in Week 7 at Detroit.
  • He joins KEVIN WILLIAMS (December 2003) and DWAYNE RUDD (December 1997) as the only Vikings to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.
  • Kendricks is the seventh player in team history to be named Rookie of the Month, joining Rudd, RANDY MOSS (Offense, November 1998), Williams, ADRIAN PETERSON (Offense, September and October 2007), PERCY HARVIN (Offense, November 2009) and CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (Offense, December 2013).

2015 NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

Offense (College)

Defense (College)

September

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (Oregon)

CB Ronald Darby, Buffalo (Florida State)

October

RB Todd Gurley, St. Louis (Georgia)

LB Eric Kendricks, Minnesota (UCLA)

Other nominees for the October NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month Award as submitted by NFL clubs:

  • Oakland wide receiver AMARI COOPER (first round, Alabama), who had 13 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Minnesota wide receiver STEFON DIGGS (fifth round, Maryland), who had 19 catches for 324 yards (108 yards per game) and a touchdown.
  • Arizona running back DAVID JOHNSON (third round, Northern Iowa), who scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).
  • Cleveland running back DUKE JOHNSON, JR. (third round, Miami), who had 25 catches for 321 yards and one touchdown and added 108 rushing yards.
  • San Diego kicker JOSH LAMBO (undrafted, Texas A&M), who converted nine of 10 field-goal attempts and all eight PATs for a total of 35 points
  • Seattle wide receiver TYLER LOCKETT (third round, Kansas State), who had 11 catches for 166 yards with a touchdown and 187 total kick-return yards (98 kickoff, 89 punt).
  • Jacksonville running back T.J. YELDON (second round, Alabama), who rushed for 252 yards and one touchdown.
  • Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON (first round, Florida State), who had a 93.3 passer rating, including two games with a 100+ mark.

Other nominees for the October NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Award as submitted by NFL clubs:

  • New Orleans linebacker STEPHONE ANTHONY (first round, Clemson), who started all four games and had 29 tackles, one sack and an interception.
  • Buffalo cornerback RONALD DARBY (second round, Florida State), who started all four games and posted 19 tackles and six passes defensed.
  • Philadelphia linebacker JORDAN HICKS (third round, Texas), who had 26 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
  • Kansas City cornerback MARCUS PETERS (first round, Washington), who started all four games and had 20 tackles and one interception.

 

 

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