Our Hot Button topic this week is about Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL. Ashley Fox picks Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. John Clayton argues for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. But if you've been watching the Dallas Cowboys for the past month, you have to wonder if there's a chance running back DeMarco Murray can make a push to get himself into this race.
Well, this is a good start. The Cowboys announced Wednesday that Murray has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for the month of November, in which he grabbed hold of their starting running back job and literally ran with it. Murray gained 434 yards and one touchdown on 89 carries and caught 20 passes for 156 more yards. His best game came in late October, when he ran for 253 yards against the Rams. But he rushed for 139 on Nov. 6 against the Seahawks and 135 more on Nov. 13 against the Bills. The Cowboys' 4-0 record in November was due in large part to the way the offense functioned following the emergence of Murray as a legitimate threat in the run game. And even with one-time starter Felix Jones now back from the injury that gave Murray his opportunity, Murray remains the Cowboys' starting running back.
The last Cowboys player to be named Offensive Rookie of the Month was running back Julius Jones in November of 2004. DeMarcus Ware was named Defensive Rookie of the Month in October of 2005. This is the second monthly award for the Cowboys this season, as linebacker Sean Lee was named the league's Defensive Player of the Month in September.