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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley has been named

AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his performance in the

three games in September. It is the first time a Jaguars defensive

player has been so honored.

Beasley, a four-year veteran who moved to right cornerback this

year when rookie Fernando Bryant became a starter, intercepted

three passes, returning two of them for touchdowns. He is tied for

the NFL

interception lead with Philadelphia's Brian Dawkins, and he is the

only player with two touchdowns on interceptions. Beasley's 128

interception yards also leads the league.

Beasley intercepted two passes in the season opener against San

Francisco, returning the second one a team-record 93 yards for a

score. It was also the longest defensive score in franchise history.

His two

interceptions in that game tied Deon Figures' single-game team

record. Last Sunday vs. Tennessee, Beasley returned an

interception 35 yards for a TD, becoming the team's first player

with two defensive scores in the same season.

Beasley now has eight interceptions for his career, which ties Chris

Hudson for the team's all-time record. He is also the first Jaguar to

intercept a pass in four consecutive seasons. In addition to his

interceptions, Beasley has 12 tackles seven passes defensed and a

forced fumble in the first three games.

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