Cornerback Devin McCourty was named a finalist for the 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award on Thursday, chosen for his outstanding performance throughout the season.
Though he's up against some tough competition, McCourty's 2010 numbers are nothing to scoff at. Starting in all 16 games, the Pats' rookie finished the regular season with 82 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
Even more impressive, however, is McCourty's work against the opposing quarterback. McCourty tied for second in the league in interceptions this season, leading all rookies with seven picks. He recorded four of those interceptions in just three weeks, pulling down two against Detroit on Thanksgiving.
The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award is separate from the NFL Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, which is voted on by the Associated Press. Fans determine the outcome of the Pepsi award, as they can submit their votes online through Feb. 1.
McCourty is up against St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden, Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams for the honor. The winner will be announced in Dallas on Feb. 3.
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