Noah Spence Named NFL Defensive Rookie Of Month

Noah Spence Impressing Buccaneers

For weeks now defensive end Noah Spence has been proving to be a major threat on defense for the Buccaneers. The NFL now agrees.
The league announced Thursday that he has been named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November, a month in which he totaled 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Each of his sacks and forced fumbles came in wins, all coming in the span of Tampa Bay’s current three-game winning streak, their longest since 2013.
Spence’s two forced fumbles were tied for second-most among all players in November, while his 2.5 sacks led all rookies. He now has three forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks on the season, both second on the Buccaneers and second-most among rookies.
“It’s a blessing to be with these dudes on the defensive line with me,” he said following Sunday’s win over Seattle. “Always telling me what to do and trying to teach me different things throughout the game. It’s helping me a lot. We’ve got great dudes on the line.”
Noah Spence was also a key part of a Tampa Bay defense that led the league with 10 takeaways in the month of November while ranking sixth with 19.5 points allowed per game.
Noah Spence
During his and the team’s most productive three-game streak, the team has nine takeaways while  opponents have averaged just under 11 points per game and a 23.3 third-down conversion rate, all the best marks in the NFL.
They have also registered the fourth-most sacks (10), allowed the third-fewest passing yards per game (180.0) and the fourth-fewest total yards per game (290.3).
Spence is the first Buccaneers player to earn NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors since 2012 when linebacker Lavonte David also earned such in November. Spence and David are the only players in team history to win the award.
Overall, Spence is the first Buccaneer to win a Rookie of the Month award since quarterback Jameis Winston took home the offensive award last November.


Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.