NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Linebacker COLIN MC CARTHY of the Tennessee Titans is the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK for games played on December 1-5, the NFL announced today.
McCarthy tallied nine tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in the Titans' 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.
McCarthy was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON of the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers, quarterback CHRISTIAN PONDER of the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback T.J. YATES of the Houston Texans.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
This is Pepsi's tenth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the tenth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
2011 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Wk 1 - Green Bay Packers WR/KR Randall Cobb (Kentucky)
Wk 2 - Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (Tennessee)
Wk 3 - Oakland Raiders OG Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State)
Wk 4 - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (Auburn)
Wk 5 - San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (Missouri)
Wk 6 - San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (Missouri)
Wk 7 - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma)
Wk 8 - Buffalo Bills NT Marcell Dareus (Alabama)
Wk 9 - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (Texas Christian)
Wk 10 - Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (Tennessee)
Wk 11 - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (Maryland)
Wk 12 - Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (Texas Christian)
Wk 13 - Tennessee Titans LB Colin McCarthy (Miami)