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Barnett Finishes Third In Defensive Rookie Voting


Green Bay Packers middle linebacker Nick Barnett finished third in the voting for the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.

The 29th overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft, Barnett picked up six votes to trail winner Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens (23 votes) and runner-up Terence Newman of the Dallas Cowboys (15).

Barnett, who was an outside linebacker at Oregon State, led the Packers with 134 tackles this season and also had three interceptions among nine passes defensed, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Barnett started all but one game this season, missing the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions with a sprained ankle.

His 134 tackles are the second most by a Packers rookie since Rich Wingo's 166 in 1979.

Barnett is just the sixth Packers player in 20 years to have at least 130 tackles.

The last Packers player to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors was Willie Buchanon in 1972.

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