Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, it was announced today. Okoye becomes the second Texans rookie to win the award and is the fourth Texan to win player of the month honors.
Okoye (6-2, 302) has started all four games for the Texans this season, recording 10 tackles, an AFC-high 4.0 sacks for 30.0 yards, a team-high four quarterback pressures, and he tied for the team lead with one forced fumble. He also has been solid against the run, helping the Texans to the sixth-ranked run defense in the NFL.
Okoye recorded his first two sacks of the season and set the Texans rookie record for most sacks in a game at Carolina (9/16). He tied the Texans' rookie record by recording a sack in three consecutive games. Okoye’s 4.0 sacks in the month of September were the most by a rookie defensive tackle since Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams had 5.0 in December 2003.
Okoye’s 4.0 sacks leads all rookies, is tied for tops in the AFC, and is second among all defensive tackles. With Okoye at defensive tackle, the Texans ended the month of September ranked 14th in total defense, their highest ranking in the first month of the season in team history.
Okoye joins punter Chad Stanley, cornerback Marcus Coleman and linebacker DeMeco Ryans as the other Texans to win NFL Player of the Month Awards. Stanley won the AFC Special Teams Award in September 2002, Coleman picked up the AFC Defensive Award in 2003 and Ryans was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in December 2006.
List of Texans Players of the Month Awards:
Player Award Month Year
Amobi Okoye NFL Defensive Rookie September 2007
DeMeco Ryans NFL Defensive Rookie December 2006
Marcus Coleman AFC Defensive September 2003
Chad Stanley AFC Special Teams September 2002
For reaction from Okoye and his teammates and coaches on the award, stay tuned to HoustonTexans.com today for quotes, notes and video on the announcement.