Running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and cornerback CASEY HAYWARD of the Green Bay Packers are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for October, the NFL announced Thursday.
OFFENSE: RB DOUG MARTIN, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Martin led all NFL players averaging 155.7 scrimmage yards per game during October, 26.2 yards more than Minnesota's ADRIAN PETERSON (129.5), who ranked second.
In the Buccaneers' three October contests, the first-round pick out of Boise State rushed for 296 yards with two touchdowns and caught eight passes for 171 yards and a score. He finished the month with 467 scrimmage yards and three total touchdowns.
Martin played a major role in Tampa Bay's success as the Buccaneers posted a 2-1 record and led the NFL averaging 34 points per game and 464 total net yards per game.
He recorded at least 120 scrimmage yards in all three October contests.
In the team's Week 8 win at Minnesota, Martin became the first rookie in the past 25 seasons to rush for at least 135 yards (135) and have 75 receiving yards (79). He also had a one-yard rushing touchdown and a 64-yard receiving TD in that contest.
Martin is the fifth Buccaneers running back to be named NFL Rookie of the Month. He joins MIKE ALSTOTT (November 1996), WARRICK DUNN (September 1997), CADILLAC WILLIAMS (September and December, 2005) and LE GARRETTE BLOUNT (December 2010).
Last season, one running back received the award: Dallas' DE MARCO MURRAY (November).
DEFENSE: CB CASEY HAYWARD, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Hayward tied for the NFL lead among all players in October with four interceptions (New York Giants' STEVIE BROWN).
All four of Hayward's interceptions occurred in three consecutive games and he became the first Packers rookie to intercept four passes in a three-game span since 1984 (TOM FLYNN).
He recorded his first career interception in Week 5 at Indianapolis. The next week at Houston, he had a career-best two interceptions. In Week 7 at St. Louis, he made his first career start and had his fourth interception.
Hayward's four interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NFL this season and the most among rookies. He is the only player in the league with four interceptions on the road.
In addition to his four interceptions, he recorded 13 tackles and five passes defensed in October.
Hayward is the third Packer to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month and the first since 2003. He joins VONNIE HOLLIDAY (September 1998) and NICK BARNETT (October 2003).
He is the fourth Packer to be named NFL Rookie of the Month. He joins Holliday, Barnett and SAMKON GADO (Offense, November 2005).
2012 NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington (Baylor)
DE Chandler Jones, New England (Syracuse)
RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay (Boise State)
CB Casey Hayward, Green Bay (Vanderbilt)
Other nominees for the October NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month Award as submitted by NFL clubs:
Detroit wide receiver RYAN BROYLES (second round, Oklahoma), who had two touchdowns and six receptions for 88 yards.
St. Louis wide receiver CHRIS GIVENS (fourth round, Wake Forest), who had 10 catches for 272 yards (27.2 average) and two touchdowns.
Cleveland wide receiver JOSH GORDON (Supplemental Draft, Baylor), who had 10 catches for 286 yards (28.6 average) with four touchdowns.
Washington quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III (first round, Baylor), who passed for 708 yards, four touchdowns and a 90 passer rating while rushing for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK (first round, Stanford), who passed for 1,125 yards with three touchdowns.
Washington running back ALFRED MORRIS (sixth round, Florida Atlantic), who rushed for 341 yards and a touchdown.
Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL (first round, Texas A&M), who passed for 426 yards with two touchdowns and a 98.3 passer rating.
Minnesota kicker BLAIR WALSH (sixth round, Georgia), who scored 32 points and converted all eight field-goal attempts.
Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON (third round, Wisconsin), who passed for 872 yards, six touchdowns and a 90.4 passer rating.
Tennessee wide receiver KENDALL WRIGHT (first round, Baylor), who had 22 receptions for 203 yards and one touchdown.
Other nominees for the October NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Award as submitted by NFL clubs:
Tampa Bay safety MARK BARRON (first round, Alabama), who had 17 tackles, an interception and two passes defensed.
Cincinnati linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT (undrafted, Arizona State), who had 30 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
Oakland linebacker MILES BURRIS (fourth round, San Diego State), who had 35 tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss.
New England defensive end CHANDLER JONES (first round, Syracuse), who had 16 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY (first round, Boston College), who had 37 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Seattle defensive end BRUCE IRVIN (first round, West Virginia), who had two sacks and a forced fumble.
Miami defensive end OLIVIER VERNON (third round, Miami), who had six tackles, two sacks, one blocked punt recovery and blocked one field goal.