Welcome to Part II of our midseason awards. If you missed Part I, you can see what our experts thought was the best play of the first half, who the best newcomer is, who the most improved player has been, and who has been the best guest on our radio show. Today, we get down to serious business, giving out the big awards:
Best Clutch Performance, by Sam Madison:
With all the tight games that the Fins have played, we had a few guys that deserve this award for laying it on the line each and every week. Lambeau Field, one of the hardest places in the NFL to win, was the site of several key performances. “Mr. Sack,” Cam Wake had three sacks on Aaron Rodgers during the game to help keep the Packers backed up. However, a 53-yard, a 41 yard, and a 44 yard kick by Dan Carpenter is what won the game. His performance that afternoon earns him this award.
Most Outstanding Offensive Player, by John Congemi:
Davone Bess has been constant and productive for the Dolphins offense this year. His dependability and understanding of his role enables him to flourish and always give this offense a chance to succeed. Bess’s 44 receptions for 451 yards are not surprising because of the way he can get open and run after catch. In addition, his 10.3 average yards per catch and his three touchdowns are just perfect complements to Brandon Marshall’s numbers. The third year receiver from Hawaii has the most receptions in team history for a Dolphins player in their first three seasons with the team and he is the most outstanding offensive player through eight games.
Most Outstanding Defensive Player, by Sam Madison:
One of the biggest questions coming into this season on the defense was “Who would put pressure on the quarterback?” Long time favorite Jason Taylor bolted for the Big Apple and OLB Joey Porter took his services west to Arizona. Looking back on the first half over this season, I have to give the nod to Cam Wake. He has applied pressure all year long on the quarterback and made offensive tackles sweat bullets. Eight sacks in eight games gives him the edge for this award and hopefully many more are to come.
Team MVP, by Keith Sims:
There is a small handful of guys that I think deserve this award: Davone Bess, Dan Carpenter, Karlos Dansby, Vontae Davis, Brandon Marshall, and Cam Wake. All of them have had a great first eight games, but there is only one award. So my pick…drum roll please…Is a first time starter, a guy who everyone wanted to see become an every down player. The Midseason MVP is…Cameron Wake. Dubbed as “Mr Sack,” Wake has not disappointed this season. He is currently second in the NFL with 8.5 sacks. Wake has been the Dolphins most dominating defensive player. A player that teams have to now begin to account for and merits extra attention to slow him down. I know some of you may be asking how could i not choose Carpenter? He won the Green Bay game with a huge overtime kick. Without his 14 FG’s in a row, we would already be talking about the draft. And while he is a worthy player, folks, he is still a kicker!!! For now, though, I’m sticking with the most feared player the Dolphins put on the field each Sunday, Cameron Wake. He might as well stock up on suntan lotion, becasue that mohawk will be making an appearnce on the beaches of Hawaii. Now we call him “Mr Sack,” but by the end of the season we will be calling him a Pro Bowler!
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