Bills’ Kiko Alonso Named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year
Kiko Alonso had a great rookie season, so of course many believe postseason accolades will be coming his way. And as of Tuesday, they have, according to buffalobills.com. The Pro Football Writers of America have named Kiko Alonso their Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The second-round pick out of Oregon ranked third among all NFL players with 159 total tackles. He also accumulated 4 interceptions, 3 of which came in 3 consecutive games, which according to the the buffalobills.com article is the the first three-game interception streak by an NFL rookie linebacker since 1980, and the first by a Bills rookie linebacker in team history. Alonso also racked up 22 (13 solo) tackles in a single game (vs Bengals), two sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.
2013 PFWA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
2013 PFWA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
2013 PFWA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: LB Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills
2013 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
QB – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
WR – Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
TE – Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Kyle Long, Chicago Bears; Larry Warford, Detroit Lions
T – D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers; Justin Pugh, New York Giants
DL – Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions; Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers; Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets; Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers
LB – Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills; Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders; Alec Ogletree, St. Louis Rams
CB – Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals; Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons
S – Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers; Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints
PK – Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
P – Sam Martin, Detroit Lions
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
PR – Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
ST – Don Jones, Miami Dolphins
Kiko is expected to win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year vote as well. This year was great for the rookie linebacker out of Oregon, dare I even say “Legendary“?
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