Finsiders Awards Week will concluded on Friday evening with the Finsiders Team MVP Award for the 2012 season. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake emerged as the winner in narrow decision over WR Brian Hartline. The selection process combined the choices of the Finsiders on-air broadcasters with the votes of fans watching the show at Dolphins.com.
Here were the nominees for the Finsiders Team MVP Award:
•Reggie Bush: Reggie was named the Dolphins Offensive MVP on Thursday’s Finsiders show as he led the squad with 8 touchdowns in 2012. Bush was one of the team’s veteran leaders throughout Joe Philbin’s first year, Bush followed up his first-career 1,000-yard season with another solid year in 2012. He started fast, torching Oakland in Week 2 with an impressive 172-yard performance. Dolphins coaches got creative with Bush at times, utilizing his pass-catching skills and speed in the slot. Bush’s final 2012 stats: 986 rushing yards, 6 TD; 35 receptions for 292 yards, 2 TD.
•Brandon Fields: Fields had a tremendous season in 2012; leading the league with a 50.2 yard per punt average. Fields also finished 6th in the league with an impressive 41.2 net punting average, with 29 of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. Fields was at his best in the AFC East showdown with the Jets on 10/28, where he averaged 53.3 yards per punt on 6 punts, with 4 of the 6 being downed inside the 20 yard line.
•Brian Hartline: Hartline entered the national sptlight with a breakout 2012 season. He had a day to remember in Arizona in Week 4, setting a Dolphins record with 253 receiving yards. That day helped Hartline hit another big milestone; he finished with 1,083 yards, becoming just the eighth player in Dolphins history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
•Reshad Jones: Jones, voted Finsiders Most Improved Player on Tuesday, emerged as a dynamic player in the Dolphins secondary. Jones’ final 2012 stats: 95 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
•Mike Pouncey: His brother, Maurkice, Pittsburgh’s center, got the Pro Bowl nod, but there’s no doubt that Mike Pouncey was one of the league’s elite centers in 2012. He did a little bit of everything for the Dolphins’ offensive line, including pulling on stretch runs and leading the way for Bush. Pouncey has started 32 out of 32 possible games in his two-year career.
•Cam Wake: Wake was the lone Dolphin selected to the 2012 All-Pro team — he was a named to the first team opposite J.J. Watt — finishing the season with a career-high 15 sacks and three forced fumbles. Wake was selected by The Finsiders as the Dolphins Defensive MVP earlier in the week. The four-year veteran, primarily a pass-rushing specialist when he arrived from Canada in 2009, keeps adding to his game, proving he’s a more-than-capable run stopper.
To vote on the Team MVP award and see who wins, tune in to The Finsiders live show today at 5 pm on Dolphins.com.
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