NFL honors Texans' DeAndre Hopkins as rookie of the month

Former Clemson star has 20 catches for 270 yards and a TD in first four games as a pro

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) turns up field after catching a pass as Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) turns up field after catching a pass as Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September, the NFL announced.

He is the first Texan to earn rookie of the month honors since LB Brian Cushing was tabbed with the distinction in 2009 (November and December).

Hopkins is the sixth Texan and third offensive player to earn rookie of the month honors (seventh awarded) in franchise history. The last Texans offensive rookie to win the award was RB Steve Slaton in December 2008.

Hopkins (6-1, 218) finished the month with 20 receptions for 270 yards (13.5 avg.) and a touchdown. The 27th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Hopkins leads all rookies in receiving yards, total yards from scrimmage and is tied for the most receptions.

Hopkins had an exceptional game in Week 2 against Tennessee (9/15) when he recorded seven receptions for 117 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime. With his 3-yard touchdown reception, he became the youngest player in NFL history to score a game-winning touchdown in overtime (21 years and 101 days). His 117 receiving yards was the first 100-yard receiving game by an NFL rookie this season. Additionally, it was the first 100-yard game by a Texans wide receiver other than Andre Johnson since 2010 and the second-best receiving total for a Texans rookie in franchise history.

Hopkins’ 20 receptions for 270 yards are the second-most catches and yards in franchise history through a rookie receiver’s first four games, behind only Johnson’s 26 receptions for 346 yards in 2003.

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