The Patriots’ rookie corner back Devin McCourty has been nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. This award is separate from the AP’s Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. NFL fans actually have a voice in selecting the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, as opposed to the AP award that are selected by the press. Other nominees for this award are the Ram’s QB Sam Bradford, the Lions’ DT Ndamukong Suh, Browns’ CB Joe Haden, and Tampa Bay’s WR Mike Williams. Here is the nomination blurb on McCourty:
McCourty started all 16 games and finished the season with 82 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, 17 passes defensed and seven interceptions. His interception total tied for second in the NFL and led all rookies. Four of the picks came during three consecutive games in Weeks 11-13. The seven interceptions by a Patriots rookie are second to the eight by Mike Haynes in 1976. McCourty, who attended Rutgers University, was nominated for two Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards.
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