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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Washington Redskins rookie Ryan Kerrigan named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has earned Defensive Rookie of the Month honors, the NFL announced Thursday morning.

The 16th overall pick in the draft out of Purdue, Kerrigan has gotten off to a strong start for the Redskins, recording 13 tackles (five solo), five quarterback pressures, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and one interception returned for a touchdown while starting all three games at outside linebacker.

The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Kerrigan, who was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week after his season-opening performance against the Giants, becomes the fourth Redskins rookie to take home the monthly honor. The previous winners were all defensive backs — Chris Horton (September 2008), Fred Smoot (September 2001) and Champ Bailey (October 1999).

While Kerrigan said he was excited with the monthly honor, personal awards are not his goal.

“I’d love to be 3-0 right now, and I’d trade the Rookie of the Month award -- which I’m very honored to receive -- but I’d trade that for a 3-0 record any day,” he said.

While Kerrigan seems to be off to a pretty good start, he knows the season is a long one.

“I’ve still got a long ways to go, no doubt,” he said. “From a pass rushing standpoint, a coverage standpoint, I’ve still got a lot to work on and that’s the beauty of football. You’ve got a week to work on everything before every game. Then you’ve got a week of practice to work and then a game to use as your measuring stick.”

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