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Bucs' Noah Spence named NFL Rookie of the Month

Published Dec. 1, 2016

Bucs defensive end Noah Spence, who had 1.5 sacks in Sunday's win over Seattle, has been named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.

Spence, drafted in the second round, had 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in November in helping the Bucs to a 3-1 record -- he now has 5.5 sacks on the season, second-most among NFL rookies, trailing only Jacksonville's Yannick Ngakoue.

Spence is the first Bucs player to win NFL Rookie of the Month since 2012, when linebacker Lavonte David took home the honors in November. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston won Offensive Rookie of the Month in November last season.

There were 22 defensive players taken higher than Spence, who went to the Bucs with the No. 39 overall pick.


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