Brian Cushing named defensive rookie of the year
The Associated Press has voted Texans linebacker Brian Cushing the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year. Southern California’s All American received 39 votes to secure the award, while fellow Pac 10 mate, Jarius Byrd, finished second with six votes. Another USC football alum, Clay Matthews, received three votes.
Cushing finished his rookie season with 133 tackles, as his Texans recorded the first winning season in franchise history. Houston (9-7) was eliminated from playoff contention, when Mark Sanchez and the Jets beat Cincinnati on Sunday night.
Brian Cushing becomes the fourth player from USC to win the award, and the first in twenty years. Mark Carrier was named NFL rookie of the year in 1990. Cushing also became the seventh consecutive linebacker to be crowned by the AP, and the second for Houston in four years.