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Buffalo Bills’ Kiko Alonso Nominated for Rookie of the Year

January 9th, 2014 at 4:50 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Although the Buffalo Bills, as a team, did not accomplish much this season, individual player Kristian "Kiko" Alonso has certainly made a name for himself.

Alonso has been nominated as the 2013 Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Year. As a second round draft pick, 46th overall, the linebacker signed a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2013.

Prior to his newly acquired professional career, Alonso played for the University of Oregon. He excelled and was named the 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game.

In his first year playing in the NFL, Alonso has made 159 tackles, 87 being solo attempts. His stats continue with 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 4 interceptions. Alonso's best professional game, thus far, was against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 6 of the 2013 season. Although it was a loss for the Bills 24-27, Alsono had 22 tackles overall. This season he was also named NFL Rookie of the Month for September.

There are 4 addition finalists for the Rookie of the Year Award. Keenan Allen from the Chargers, Giovanni Bernard from the Bengals, Eddie Lacy from the Packers and Cordarrelle Patterson from the Vikings are all in the running for this honorable title.

The winners will be announced Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl, in an awards ceremony which will air on FOX.

Voting takes place online at www.NFL.com/rookies now through Jan. 28.

Note: This story was written by Lea Natalello.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL

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