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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Blount is NFL's Offensive Rookie of Month

By Pat Yasinskas

The league just announced that Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount has been named NFL Offensive rookie of the Month for December.

In the final five regular-season games, Blount led the NFL in rushing yards with 511 on 87 carries (a 5.9-yard average). Blount had a career-high 164 yards in Week 16 victory against Seattle. Blount was an undrafted free agent who initially signed with Tennessee. After he was released by the Titans at the end of the preseason, the Buccanners signed him and he emerged as their feature back.

Blount is the fourth player in franchise history to win an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award. Cadillac Williams did it twice in 2005. The only other Buccaneers to win the award were Mike Alstott (1996), Warrick Dunn (1997) and Shaun King (1999).