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Micah Parsons Named Midseason Defensive Rookie of the Year by Fox Sports

had fans of the and media members buzzing when he was selected with the 12th overall pick back in April. Most thought the Cowboys would go the route. However, and were taken right before the Cowboys' pick at 10, forcing them to back two spots to get Parsons.

There were questions on if the Cowboys made a mistake taking an off-the-ball so high. The former Penn State Nittany Lion has silenced all the doubters during the first two months of the by being the swiss army knife for the Cowboys' . So much so, that named Parsons its Midseason .

At the midway point of the season, Parsons is currently second on the Cowboys with 52 tackles and tied for first with for the team lead in with five. That puts him on pace for over 100 tackles and 10 sacks as a rookie which would be quite the accomplishment. Parsons is the first player in NFL with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and five sacks in his first eight career games. Also, after his performance against the last week, Parsons joined Hall of Famer Junior Seau as the only two players in NFL history with back-to-back games of 10 tackles and three tackles for loss.

Parsons has not only shown he's one of the league's best young linebackers with his sideline to sideline quickness and incredible instincts but he's also put his hand in the dirt and has been effective rushing the passer from the spot as well as he showed once went down with a broken foot after Week 1.

With Gregory now on with a calf for the next three games and Lawrence still working his way back to the field, may have to put Parsons on the more again to give the Cowboys' defense some help rushing the passer. If that is the case, Parsons has already proven he can handle whatever his assignment is.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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