Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month, according to a tweet from the team’s official account.
Dalton, a second round pick by the Bengals in the 2011 NFL draft, helped lead the team to a 4-0 record in the month of October. The former TCU standout threw for six touchdowns and five interceptions in the month, and totaled 909 passing yards.
The 24-year-old replaced former franchise quarterback Carson Palmer under center for the Bengals this season. Palmer refused to return to Cincinnati this year after several consecutive losing seasons. He was eventually traded to the Oakland after the Raiders starting quarterback, Jason Campbell, was knocked out for the season with a broken collarbone.
Dalton beat out the 2011 draft’s top pick, Cam Newton, for the award. In five games in October Newton threw for seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while also picking up five touchdowns on the ground. Newton’s team, the Carolina Panthers, went just 1-4 during the month. The Bengals quarterback also beat out Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray for the award. Murray only had one rushing game of over 100 yards in October, however he exploded for 253 rushing yards Oct. 23 in a win over the St. Louis Rams.