About a week ago, we took a look at the first half of the 2011 season awards for the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, things got chaotic, and this second half wasn't able to come out as scheduled. However, here they are and these awards were voted upon by you, looking to highlight the top individual and team efforts by the Dolphins over the past season - despite the disappointment of the 6-10 record.
That first post announced the Rookie of the Year (Mike Pouncey), Breakout Player of the Year (Reggie Bush), Game of the Year (Week 17, 19-17 win over the New York Jets), Best Single Game Performance (Reggie Bush, 203 yards rushing against the Buffalo Bills), and the Moment of the Year (Jason Taylor's Final Game).
On to the second half of the awards.
The first poll take a look at the Offensive Player of the Year. The nominees for the award were quartreback Matt Moore, running back Reggie Bush, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, tight end Anthony Fasano, and tight end/fullback Charles Clay. Of the 679 votes cast in the poll, 429 of them (63.18%) went to our winner. The 2011 Miami Dolphins Offensive Player of the Year is Reggie Bush.
Matt Moore claimed second place with 20.47% of the vote, with Brandon Marshall in third (14.29%).
The next two polls looked at the linemen for the Dolphins. On the offensive side of the ball, the nominees were left tackle Jake Long, left guard Richie Incognito, center Mike Pouncey, right guard Vernon Carey, right tackle ____, John Jerry, and Nate Garner. With 59.44% of the 461 votes, the 2011 Miami Dolphins Offensive Lineman of the Year went to rookie center Mike Pouncey.
Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long took second with 26.9%, and left guard Richie Incognito held third with 8.68%.
On the defensive side of the ball, the nominees were left defensive end Kendall Langford, nose tackle Paul Soliai, right defensive end Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel, Phillip Merling, and Jared Odrick. In what turned out to be the closest vote from all the awards, our winner beat out second place by just 11 votes. The 2011 Miami Dolphins Defensive Lineman of the Year is Jared Odrick (40.64%).
Second place belongs to Randy Starks (38.13%) and third goes to Pro Bowler Paul Soliai (13.93%).
Up next came a look at the team's Defensive Player of the Year. The nominees were linebackers Cameron Wake, Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, and Jason Taylor, cornerbacks Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, and Will Allen, and safeties Yeremiah Bell and Reshad Jones. Claiming 29.48% of the 407 votes cast, the 2011 Miami Dolphins Defensive Player of the Year is linebacker Karlos Dansby.
Cornerback Vontae Davis came in second with 18.18%, with Cameron Wake claiming third with 15.23%.
And the final award given by the site was the Most Valuable Player for the season. The nominees were Matt Moore, Reggie Bush, Brandon Marshall, Karlos Dansby, Cameron Wake, Yeremiah Bell, Dan Carpenter, and Brandon Fields. The winner claimed 345 of the 716 votes cast, with a percentage of 48.18%. The 2011 Miami Dolphins MVP is Reggie Bush.
Second place fell to Matt Moore (33.38%) and third place was Brandon Fields with 8.52%.
Thanks for voting for all of the awards, and let's hope great performances next year make it even harder to pick a winner in each category.