With the Dolphins now at the half-way point of the 2010 season, we felt like it could be fun to give out some midseason awards. There have been plenty of exciting moments and great stories in the first eight games and so today we give out four awards:
Best Play, by Keith Sims:
This one is easy for me. It was a play made by my choice for midseason MVP, Cam Wake. “Mr Sack” got a big sack on on Vikings QB Brett Frave in the endzone leading to a turnover which rookie Koa Misi recovered for a Dolphins TD. That play helped cement the lead and helped the Dolphins start 2-0.
Best Newcomer, by John Congemi:
Karlos Dansby has made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball this year for the Miami Dolphins. He leads the team in total tackles with 61 and lead the team last week with 10 vs. Baltimore. He has one sack on the season, five tackles for loss, and three quarterback pressures. He’s shown toughness and the ability to give the defense the flexibility to use his skills in the new Mike Nolan scheme on defense. I expect that Dansby will continue to be productive as this defense will look to dominate the second half of the schedule.
Most Improved, by Kim Bokamper:
A pretty easy selection for me, I’m going to have to go with Cam Wake. Now we saw Cam last year and his ability to rush the passer, but he was pretty much a one-trick pony going up-field. All of a sudden this year, Wake has added a variety of moves and has racked up 8.5 sacks in just eight games. Not only has he improved his pass-rushing, but I think he has improved in run support, as well. You can see the hard work that he put in during the off-season certainly paying off. He is not only one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL, I truly believe Cameron Wake has built himself into one of the premier linebackers in the league and that’s why he wins the mid-season award for most improved Dolphin.
Best Finsiders Guest, by Jesse Agler:
Not an easy award to give out. We’ve had some great guests so far this season. Guys like Don Shula, Rich Eisen, and Mark Duper. We’ve also had great regular chats with Coach Sparano (Mondays at 6) and Dick Stockton (Wednesdays at 630) but at the end of the day, I think my favorite interview took place on the Wednesday before the Packers game, when we were joined by former Dolphin and Packer TE Keith Jackson. He was highly entertaining and provided us with some great insight and even better stories. It’s not the longest interview we’ve ever done, but it is certainly worth a listen. Enjoy!
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