Former Eastern Kentucky University football player Noah Spence was chosen as the National Football League (NFL) Defensive Rookie of the Month on Thursday. He was also chosen as the NFL Rookie of the Week this past week.
Spence was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 39th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The former Colonel had 2.5 sacks in November along with two forced fumbles and 11 tackles. He helped the Bucs win three straight games to close out November and start the month of December with another victory that put the Buccaneers in a first place tie in the NFC South Division with a record of 7-5.
Spence had more sacks than any other NFL rookie in November and tied for second among all players with his two forced fumbles. So far this season, the 6-foot-2, 251-pound defensive end has 17 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Spence’s NFL Rookie of the Week award was voted on by fans after he helped Tampa Bay beat Seattle, 14-5, by registering five tackles, 1.5 sacks and forcing a fumble.
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native ended his junior season at EKU by being chosen as an All-American by the Associated Press, STATS, Walter Camp Foundation and College Sporting News. He was also chosen as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Defensive Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards. He ranked fourth nationally in tackles for a loss (2.0/game) and fifth in sacks (1.05/game). Overall he had 22.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks, the fourth-most in EKU single-season history.