Julius Jones: Rookie of the Month

Running back JULIUS JONES of the Dallas Cowboys and linebacker JONATHAN VILMA of the New York Jets are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.

Jones returned to action for the Cowboys in November after missing the club's last seven games due to a shoulder injury, immediately showing the promise and potential that made him a second-round draft choice (No. 43 overall) in April. A standout at Notre Dame, Jones returned to the field against the Baltimore Ravens on November 14, rushing for 81 yards against one of the league's premier defenses. Jones followed that up with one of the best rookie performances in the rich history of the Cowboys franchise, rushing for 150 yards, including touchdown runs of 33 and four yards, in a 21-7 Thanksgiving Day win over Chicago. The 150-yard performance tied CALVIN HILL (November 16, 1969, vs. Washington) for the second-most in club annals by a rookie, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT, who rushed for 206 yards against the Eagles on December 4, 1977. Jones totaled 231 yards in November and displayed durability as well, rushing at least 30 times in each of his two games.

Jones is the first Cowboys offensive player to earn Offensive Rookie of the Month honors since the award's inception in 1996.

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