TAMPA — The quarterback of the Buccaneers offense and the quarterback of their defense have been honored for their contributions to the team’s recent turnaround.
Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for November and linebacker Lavonte David has been named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12.
Glennon guided the Bucs to a 3-1 record during the month while also posting the third-highest passer rating in the NFL (119.7), the third-highest yards-per-attempt (8.92), the fourth-highest completion percentage (70.5) and tying for the fifth-best touchdown-to-interception ratio (7 TDs-to-1 INT).
Glennon put together three games with a passer rating of 123 or better, the three highest passer ratings ever recorded by a Bucs rookie. Additionally, he posted passer ratings of 137.5 against Atlanta (a 41-28 win on Nov. 17) and 138.4 against Detroit (a 24-21 win on Nov. 24), two of the seven-highest marks by a rookie in NFL history.
David earned his first career NFC Defensive Player of the Week award by posting 12 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defensed on Sunday against Detroit.
He has five sacks and two interceptions, making him one of only six Bucs with at least five sacks and two interceptions in a season, joining defensive end Gaines Adams (2008), cornerback Rondé Barber (2000) defensive end Simeon Rice ( 2003), defensive tackle Warren Sapp (2002) and linebacker Broderick Thomas (1992).
David is the first Buc to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors since Barber won the award in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Last season, David was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.