After naming their Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Best Play earlier this week, The Finsiders selected Reggie Bush and Cameron Wake as the team’s Offensive and Defensive MVP’s on Thursday afternoon in a selection that combined fan voting with the choices of the Finsiders’ broadcasters..
Here were the nominees for The Finsiders Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP awards:
- Reggie Bush: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ryan Tannehill: Tannehiill, named Finsiders Rookie of the Year on Monday, earned the starting nod during the preseason and never relinquished the spot, becoming the first Dolphins rookie quarterback in franchise history to start all 16 games. The former Texas A&M Aggie broke Dan Marino’s rookie passing record with 3,294 yards. Tannehill’s final 2012 stats: 282-of-484 for 3,294 yards, 12 TDs and 13 INT
- Karlos Dansby: Dansby directed traffic in Kevin Coyle’s new defensive scheme; his responsibilities certainly changed a bit in the 4-3. But the nine-year veteran was as consistent as ever, finishing the year with a team-high 133 total tackles. Throw in a sack and a career-high nine passes defended and it adds up to another big year.
- 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.
- Randy Starks: The nine-year veteran — Starks just completed his fifth season in Miami — once again was a force on the Dolphins’ defensive line, albeit at a different position. He, too, was affected by the defensive scheme change, kicking inside again — Starks had played in a 4-3 in Tennessee — to defensive tackle and thriving immediately. Starks’ final 2012 stats: 27 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, one interception.
- 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. 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 Friday at 5 pm on Dolphins.com.
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