Running back Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers and safety Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for October
Offense: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Lacy, a second-round selection (No. 61 overall) out of Alabama, leads the NFL in rushing in October with 395 yards with a league-high 97 carries. He scored two touchdowns and had 11 receptions for 47 yards.
Lacy can be the first Packers rookie running back to lead the NFL in rushing yards in a calendar month since JOHN BROCKINGTON in 1971.
He ranks third in the league -- and leads all rookies -- with 442 scrimmage yards during the month.
Lacy rushed for at least 80 yards in all four games during the month and is the first Packers rookie running back to register four consecutive 80-yard rushing games.
He had at least 95 scrimmage yards in all four October games and is the first Packers rookie running back to record 95+ scrimmage yards in four consecutive games in the same calendar month.
Lacy rushed for 99 yards in Week 5, had a career-high 120 rushing yards in Week 6, recorded 108 scrimmage yards in Week 7 and finished the month with 112 scrimmage yards in Week 8. He finished the month with three consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.
Lacy joins SAMKON GADO (November 2005) as the only Packers to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.
Lacy is the first player from Alabama to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month since Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES in December 2011.
Defense: S Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals
Mathieu, a third-round selection (No. 69) out of Louisiana State, had 20 tackles, three passes defensed, a sack and an interception in October.
He is one of seven players in the NFL -- and the only rookie -- to register at least 20 tackles, a sack and an interception during the month. Mathieu is one of only three safeties in the NFL to accomplish the feat.
This season, Mathieu has 49 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble. He is the only rookie -- and one of four players in the NFL -- with at least 40 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.
He started all four games for Arizona in October and now has started six games this season.
In Week 5, he had five tackles and his first career sack. He had six tackles and a pass defensed in Week 6. He had two tackles in Week 7 and finished the month with seven tackles, an interception and two passes defensed in Week 8.
Mathieu joins SIMEON RICE (September 1996) and DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE (December 2008) as the only Cardinals to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.
Mathieu is the first safety to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month since Kansas City’s ERIC BERRY in December 2010.
2013 NFL Rookies of the Month
|Month||Offense (College)||Defense (College)|
|September||WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (Clemson)||LB Kiko Alonso, Bills (Oregon)|
|October||RB Eddie Lacy, Packers (Alabama)||S Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals (Louisiana State)|
Other nominees for the October NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month
San Diego wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN (third round, California), who had 18 receptions for 289 yards (16.1 average) with two touchdowns.
Cincinnati running back GIOVANI BERNARD (second round, North Carolina), who totaled 255 scrimmage yards (135 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards) and one touchdown reception.
New England wide receiver AARON DOBSON (second round, Marshall), who totaled 15 receptions for 206 yards with one touchdown.
Cincinnati tight end TYLER EIFERT (first round, Notre Dame), who posted 12 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Arizona running back ANDRE ELLINGTON (sixth round, Clemson), who rushed for 265 yards with two touchdowns and had 13 catches for 85 yards.
Minnesota wide receiver-kick returner CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (first round, Tennessee), who led the NFL with a 49.5 yards-per-return average on kickoffs and had a 109-yard kick-return touchdown, tied for the longest play in NFL history. He also had seven catches for 51 yards.
Washington tight end JORDAN REED (third round, Florida), who had 21 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas wide receiver TERRANCE WILLIAMS (third round, Baylor), who scored a touchdown in all four games and had 14 catches for 313 yards.
Other nominees for the October NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month
Buffalo linebacker KIKO ALONSO (second round, Oregon), who totaled 49 tackles, the most among rookies.
Kanas City cornerback MARCUS COOPER (seventh round, Rutgers), who totaled 10 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
New England defensive tackle CHRIS JONES (sixth round, Bowling Green), who had 25 tackles and 5 sacks.
Carolina defensive tackle STAR LOTULELEI (first round, Utah), who had 11 tackles, including two for a loss.
Oakland linebacker SIO MOORE (third round, Connecticut), who had seven tackles and 2.5 sacks.
San Francisco safety ERIC REID (first round, Louisiana State), who had 23 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
New England cornerback LOGAN RYAN (third round, Rutgers), who had nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced one fumble and an interception-return touchdown.
New Orleans safety KENNY VACCARO (first round, Texas), who had 16 tackles and a sack.