Texans cornerback named AFC defensive player of month

Updated: October 1, 2003, 1:14 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Texans cornerback Marcus Coleman on Wednesday was named the AFC defensive player of the month, making him the first Houston defensive player to receive the NFL honor.

After four games, Coleman has 21 tackles, 15 of them solo, and four interceptions. His interception total is tops in the AFC and tied for the NFL lead.

"I'm just trying to be consistent every week to help the team," Coleman said. "It's an honor to know that everybody is recognizing that you're playing well."

"He has played extremely well and I'm happy that he's being recognized," Texans coach Dom Capers said.

The Texans acquired Coleman in the expansion draft from the New York Jets, where he played for six years.

Coleman was a safety at Lake Highland High School in Dallas, then started 36 straight games for Texas Tech, where he set a Southwest Conference record with four interception returns for touchdowns.

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