Ware Rookie of the Month

Cowboys rookie DeMarcus Ware captures a monthly award given by the National Football League.

A starter in each of the first eight games of his career, DeMarcus Ware, a first-round draft pick from Troy (No. 11 overall), has made an immediate impact. Ware has been an integral part of a Cowboys defense that is ranked fifth in the league, surrendering 282.6 yards per game.

A college defensive end, Ware has made the transition to linebacker in the NFL and totaled 16 tackles, 3.0 sacks and seven quarterback pressures in October, helping Dallas to a 3-2 record in the month. His exploits came against some of the league's toughest offenses. In a 33-10 win against Philadelphia on October 9, Ware had a sack and helped limit the NFL's top-ranked offense entering the game to 129 total yards.

Then the following week, Ware added another sack and four tackles as the New York Giants fell to the Cowboys 16-13 in overtime, with Dallas' defense limiting New York's then-ninth-ranked offense to its lowest point total of the season. For the month, the Cowboys defense allowed four touchdowns in five games.

Ware is the second Cowboy defender to win NFL Rookie of the Month honors since the award was instituted in 1996, joining Dexter Coakley, the October 1997 winner.

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