Just one day after quarterback Josh Freeman won his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, his rookie tailback received an award as well. Running back LeGarrette Blount has been named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.
Just like Freeman, Blount ended the season very strong. He led the NFL in rushing over the final five games of the season with 511 yards on 87 carries for an outstanding 5.9 yards per carry average. Blount also had two touchdowns during that span and produced several highlight reel runs.
His performance against Seattle in Week 16 may have sealed the deal for him to win the award. Blount ripped off runs of 20, 48, and 53 yards in that game to help the Bucs win 38-15. Blount’s 164 rushing yards against Seattle were the most by a Buccaneer since 2000 when Warrick Dunn had 210 yards against Dallas.
Blount becomes just the fourth Buccaneer to win the Offensive Rookie of the Month award and the first to win it since Cadillac Williams won it twice during his rookie season of 2005. Mike Alstott (1996), Dunn (1997), and Shaun King (1999) are previous winners.
Blount ended his rookie campaign with 1.007 rushing yards on 201 carries (5.0 avg.) with six touchdowns. He is only the second undrafted rookie running back to record a 1,000-yard season in NFL history.
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