Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh has been named the NFL Rookie of the Month, while WR Stefan Logan has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
It is only the second time that two Lions have been named NFL Rookie of the Month and NFC Player of the Month in the same month (September 2004: WR Roy Williams, Offensive Rookie of the Month and WR Eddie Drummond, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month).
“First and foremost I have to give a big up to my coach (Danny Crossman) for making good calls as far as what we returns we want to go with and the blockers up front do a great job keeping their guys keeping their guys from getting down field. It’s always an honor. We just have to keep on doing what we’re doing. I appreciate it and it’s a big honor.”
Suh is the Lions’ second rookie to earn NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. He joins S Louis Delmas (September 2009) as the only Lions’ rookies to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. With RB Jahvid Best earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month earlier this year (September), Suh and Best become the second Lions rookie tandem to be named Rookies of the Month since 2005 (WR Roy Williams in September and RC Kevin Jones in December). It marks the first time that both an defensive rookie and an offensive rookie have been named Rookie of the Month in the same year, and the first that two rookies have been named Rookie of the Month in consecutive months.
“It’s definitely a great honor, I’m definitely proud to accept it, but to me it just adds more pressure, which I like, to continue to work and live up to it,” said Suh. “I definitely something that I’m proud to carry and be a part of.”
DT NDAMUKONG SUH:
- Suh was dominant during the month of October as he finished with 14 tackles, 4.5 sacks (29.5 yards lost), 1 interception, 1 pass defense and a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He was a key cog in the Lions going 2-2 and winning both their home games.
- Suh’s 4.5 sacks in October are the most for the month by a Lions rookie since sacks became official in 1982. They are the fifth-most among all Lions’ defensive players for October and the second-most (DT Doug English in 1983) among Lions defensive tackles.
- Suh had more sacks (4.5) in October than any other rookie in the NFL has tallied for the entire season, and he had the most among defensive tackles in the League (Chicago DT Israel Idonije recorded 4.5 sacks but did it over 4 games starting at LDE).
- With 4.5 sacks, Suh became the first rookie defensive tackle to record 4.5 sacks in October since Jacksonville DT John Henderson had 5.0 in 2002. He also became the first defensive tackle in the NFL to collect 4.5 sacks during October since Tampa Bay DT Warren Sapp had 5.0 in 2005.
- In three of the four games Suh played in October, he had at least 1.0 sack, and he finished the month off with 3.5 sacks over the final two games.
- At Green Bay (10/3), Suh registered his first sack of October with a 5-yard loss.
- In the Lions 44-6 win over St. Louis (10/10), Suh recorded his first career interception when he tipped Rams QB Sam Bradford’s pass at the line of scrimmage and plucked the ball out of the air in the fourth quarter. Suh then returned the interception 20 yards to set up a Lions field goal.
- Suh’s interception against the Rams was the first interception by a Lions’ rookie defensive lineman since DT Thurman McGraw intercepted a pass vs. the Los Angeles Rams October 15, 1950. Suh is also the first rookie defensive tackle in the NFL to register an interception since Falcons rookie DT Trey Lewis had one at Tennessee October 7, 2007.
- At the New York Giants (10/17) Suh recorded his fourth full-sack of the season in the second quarter for a 5-yard loss. Earlier in the game, Suh recorded half-a-sack with DE Kyle Vanden Bosch.
- Suh electrified the Ford Field crowd as part of a dominating performance by the defensive line in the team’s 37-25 win over Washington (10/31) when he registered 2.0 sacks (17 yards loss), 4 tackles (2 tackles-for-loss) and put an exclamation point on the victory with a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 1:36 to play in the game that gave the Lions a 37-25 lead.
- In the second quarter, Suh halted a Redskins drive when he registered 2.0 sacks in the span of three plays for a total of 17 yards lost. Suh became the team’s first rookie to record two sacks in a game since DE Kalimba Edwards at Arizona December 8, 2002. He is the first Lions rookie defensive tackle to record 2.0 sacks in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
- Suh became the first Lions rookie defensive lineman to return a fumble for a touchdown since Bob Bell (25 yards) at Green Bay November 1, 1971.
WR STEFAN LOGAN:
- Logan had arguably the best all-around performance for the month of October by a special teamer in the entire NFL. Logan contributed on every kick and cover unit, and he came up with huge plays in all four of the Lions’ October games.
- In each of the past three games, Logan had a kick return for at least 50 yards, including a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. St. Louis (10/10), a 58-yard kickoff return at New York Giants (10/17) and a 71-yard punt return vs. the Washington Redskins (10/31).
- Logan became the first player in Lions history to return a 100-yard kickoff return and a punt return for at least 70 yards in the same season (both returns occurred in October). He is the only player in the League this season with a kickoff return over 90 yards and a punt return over 60 yards, and he accomplished this in the month of October.
- Logan led the NFL in kickoff return average (35.9) in October as he returned 10 kickoffs for 359 yards.
- As a punt returner, he averaged 18.4 yards per return (8 for 147 yards), which was the second highest in the NFL during October among punt returners with at least 4 punt returns. He highlighted the month as a punt returner against Washington (10/31) with a career-long 71-yard return that set up a Lions touchdown.
- Logan also contributes significantly on the team’s cover units. At Green Bay (10/3), Logan became the only special teams player this year to recover two fumbles on special teams in a game this season. Logan recovered two fumbles on kickoffs against the Packers. His second fumble recovery led to a Lions 24-yard field goal and put Detroit within two points of the Packers 28-26.
- Logan’s 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Rams gave the Lions a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. It tied a franchise record for the longest kickoff return in team history (CB Terry Fair, 105t vs. Tampa Bay September 28, 1998) and it is tied for the sixth longest in NFL history.
- Logan’s kickoff return for a touchdown was the team’s first since TE Casey FitzSimmons returned an onside kickoff 42 yards for a touchdown vs. Chicago September 30, 2007.
- The kickoff return for touchdown was the second of Logan’s career.
- At the New York Giants (10/17), Logan struck again with a 58-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to help set up a Lions’ field goal as the team mounted a comeback. Earlier in the game, Logan returned a punt 21 yards.
- On Sunday against the Washington Redskins (10/31), Logan set up the Lions first score of the game when he returned a Redskins punt for career-high 71 yards. He gave the ball to the Lions offense at the Redskins 19-yard line.
- The 71-yarder is the longest by a Lions returner since WR Eddie Drummond returned an 83-yard touchdown at Jacksonville November 14, 2004.
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