Friday, November 30, 2012

Aldon Smith named Defensive Player of Month

When Aldon Smith played his first game in November, the 49ers' outside linebacker was having a nice season.

At that point, he had 71/2 sacks, which put him behind Houston's J.J. Watt, Denver's Von Miller, Dallas' DeMarcus Ware and Miami's Cameron Wake in the NFL sack race.

The month ends today with Smith at 161/2 sacks, alone in first place and in contention to be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

With five games left, Smith has a shot of breaking Michael Strahan's NFL record for the most sacks in a season, 221/2 in 2001.

The league acknowledged Smith's big November on Thursday by naming him the Defensive Player of the Month.

The month included the 49ers' bye week (Nov. 4), but Smith went on such a tear the next three weeks that he was the obvious choice.

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