Seahawks Avril Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2) passes the ball in front of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2) passes the ball in front of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril was rewarded for his hot start to the season by being named the NFC defensive player of the month for October.

The nine-year pro out of Purdue becomes the third Seahawks player to earn the award.

Richard Sherman won it in 2013 and Bobby Wagner in 2014.

Avril capped the month with a forced fumble during a week 8 matchup against the Saints in New Orleans that teammate Earl Thomas returned for a touchdown.

Avril ranks third in the NFL in quarterback sacks with 7.5.  All but one of those came in the month of October.

He also has three forced fumbles on the season, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

The Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West at the halfway point in the NFL season, and have yet to lose a game at home.