Aldon Smith Named Defensive Rookie of the Month

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago November 02, 2011 Nov 2, 2011 Wednesday, November 02 2011 Wednesday, November 02, 2011 7:21:00 PM CDT in Football
By: Ashley Colley

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Missouri Defensive End Aldon Smith was named NFL Defensive Rookie is the Month on Wednesday, becoming the first San Francisco 49ers player since Patrick Willis in 2007 to win award.

The linebacker rookie had 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, a safety and three passes defensed in four games during the month of October. Smith is the first 49ers player to have two or more sacks in consecutive games since Bryant Young in 2000.

Willis and Young are said to be two of the 49ers' best defensive players of the past 15 years.

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