By Ryan Shiner
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson has been named the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Richardson is a former Missouri defensive tackle.
He finished his rookie season with 78 combined tackles (42 solo tackles, 36 assisted tackles), 3.5 sacks, one pass deflection and one forced fumble. He played in all 16 games and was a starter in 15 of them.
Richardson beat out Kiko Alonso, linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, for the honor, with 23 votes while Alonso received 19 votes.
Richardson is the first Missouri player to win the award since Erik McMillan won in 1988 as a defensive back also for the New York Jets.
Richardson was the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and is under a four-year contract with New York.
While at Missouri, Richardson totaled 112 combined tackles (54 solo tackles, 58 assisted tackles), six sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Defensive Rookie of the Year voting
Sources: NFL.com, MUTigers.com