Posted: 1:28 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, the 22nd player taken overall in the 2013 NFL draft, was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team today.
Trufant, 6-0, 190 pounds, finished his rookie season with 73 total tackles (57 solo), two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Trufant’s 17 passes defensed ranked tied for 10th in the NFL and set a franchise rookie record, topping Darnell Walker’s 13 pass breakups in 1993.
Trufant started all 16 games as a rookie and according to Stats LLC., Trufant allowed a 48.3 completion percentage on passes thrown his way.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who led all NFL rookies and set a club rookie record with 1,178 rushing yards, was selected as the 2013 Rookie of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who led all NFL rookies with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdown receptions, was selected as the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, who finished third among all NFL players with 159 total tackles, was selected as the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Lacy, a second-round pick out of Alabama, had 284 rushes and 11 touchdowns, both Green Bay rookie records. Lacy was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October after posting 395 yards on 97 attempts in the month. and was the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after a 141-yard effort at Dallas in Week 15. He had four 100-yard rushing efforts, which tied for the most among NFL rookies and tied for fifth among all players. Lacy’s 11 rushing touchdowns were third overall in the NFL.
Allen, a third-round selection out of California, set team rookie receiving records in catches and yards as the league’s first 1,000-yard rookie since 2011 and the fifth NFL rookie since 2000 to go over the 1,000-yard mark. He had back-to-back 100-yard games twice, the first Chargers rookie to accomplish that since 1960, and his five total 100-yard games was also a San Diego rookie record. He had nine receptions in two games, and a 128-yard effort at Washington in Week Nine.
Alonso, a second-round pick out of Oregon, had four interceptions on the season, including a streak of three consecutive games, the first three-game interception streak by an NFL rookie linebacker since 1980, and the first by a Bills rookie linebacker in team history. He had a season-high 22 tackles (13 solo) in Week Six vs. Cincinnati, the most by a Bills LB since 1997. Alonso also had two sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.
The Detroit Lions led all teams with three All-Rookie selections – defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, punter Sam Martin and guard Larry Warford. Carolina, St. Louis, Miami and San Diego each had two players on the squad. In all, 21 clubs are represented among the 27 players honored.
The All-Rookie offense includes Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon, Cincinnati’s Giovanni Bernard and Lacy at running back, Allen and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver, Washington tight end Jordan Reed, Dallas center Travis Frederick, Chicago’s Kyle Long and Warford at guard and San Diego’s D.J. Fluker and New York Giants’ Justin Pugh at tackle.
The All-Rookie defense includes Ansah, Carolina’s Star Lotulelei, the New York Jets’ Sheldon Richardson and Carolina’s Kawann Short on the defensive line, Alonso, Oakland’s Sio Moore and St. Louis’ Alec Ogletree at linebacker, Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Atlanta’s Desmond Trufant at cornerback and San Francisco’s Eric Reed and New Orleans’ Kenny Vaccaro at safety.
The All-Rookie special teams is Miami kicker Caleb Sturgis, punter Martin, Minnesota kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson, St. Louis punt returner Tavon Austin and Miami special teamer Don Jones.
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; Kawaan 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