Connor Barwin Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Patrick D. Starr

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Today Houston Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin was named the AFC's defensive player of the month. Barwin who has picked up the slack with his new-found outside rush ability set a franchise record for 4 sacks in one game last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Barwin was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2009 NFL draft in the 2nd round (46th overall) out of the University of Cincinnati. The Bearkat started his collegiate career as a tight end his first three years. As a senior he was switched to defensive end and was named all Big East and gained all-American Honors in his new position.

Drafted to the Texans Barwin has had a rough road to get where he is at today, as a rookie he registered 4.5 sacks in 16 games and was primed for a big year until an ankle injury ended his 2010 season in Week 1. Changed to the outside linebacker position, Barwin has slowly adapted into a prototypical edge player in the 3-4 scheme.

Barwin in the month of November in three games had 16 tackles and 6.5 sacks on the NFL's #1 ranked defense. He leads the team with 8.5 sacks for the season and looks to add to that number with 5 games remaining.