Jaguars punter Chris Hanson was today named by the NFL the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Hanson finished the month as the NFL's leading punter with 43.6-yard net average. The fifth-year veteran leads the league with 11 punts downed inside the 20 and eight 50-yard punts. The Jaguars have allowed only 14 return yards on Hanson's six punts for the fourth lowest punt return average in the NFL at 2.4-yards.
"It's great honor for our whole punt team and our whole special teams unit because we're working hard and (special teams coordinator) Pete Rodriguez is doing a great job this year," said Hanson. "I give all the credit to our punt team and Joe Zelenka and all the guys down covering punts. It's a great award and I hopefully look forward to getting many more."
This marks the first AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for Hanson. It is the first AFC Player of the Month award for the Jaguars since 1999 when they earned one offensive and three defensive.