One day after Cam Newton tied the record for most Offensive Player of the Week awards in a season with his first, Carolina Panthers' defensive tackle Kawann Short earned his second Defensive Player of the Month this regular season. This was the first time a defensive tackle has won multiple Player of the Month awards in a single season.
The award is well deserved as Short had five sacks in the month of December as well as two forced fumbles to go with 14 total tackles. Short finished the year as one of only three defensive tackles with double digit sacks and he accounted for a quarter of the Panthers' total sacks.
As mentioned before, Short has already won the award for his play in the month of October, when he had five sacks in three games with three passes defended and one forced fumble. The majority of those sacks came in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers when he had three sacks.
Short was one of two defensive tackles drafted by the Panthers, when the team used their second round pick to select him after drafting Star Lotulelei in the first round. He has not disappointed this season becoming a pass rushing force in the middle of this defense and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance.
This should not be the last of the awards for Short, as I wrote last week that he should be considered for Defensive Player of the Year. That case only got stronger with his second Player of the Month award on Thursday.