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- Vince Young, DeMeco Ryans Win Rookie AP Awards

Chris Pokorny January 3, 2007
Chris Pokorny
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The Associated Press has named their offensive and defensive rookies of the year, and both players certainly deserved their awards.

On the offensive side of the ball, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young took home first place with 23 out of 50 possible votes. Young earned his votes after an incredible ending to the season, after not starting the first couple of games. The offensive race was a little tighter than the defensive one, though. Tied for second place were New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice-Jones Drew, who each had nine votes. San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeil was next with six votes, finally followed by Saints running back Reggie Bush with three votes.

If Colston had not been injured for a couple of games, he could've gotten the votes over Young. Likewise, if Drew had not had to share time with Fred Taylor, he would've been able to make things more interesting as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans (36 of 50 votes) finished in first place. He and Browns linebacker Kamerion Wimbley still finished a little better than the first overall pick in the draft, Mario Williams. Bears defensive end Mark Anderson was in second place with five votes, while Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk finished in third place with four votes (Wimbley had two votes). People could make a case that Wimbley deserved to be second, since Anderson obviously has a lot of help on the Bears defensive line to make things easier. Hawk didn't get a lot of publicity for what he did in Green Bay this year, but he helped shore up that defense tremendously, part of the reason they finished the season on the high note that they did. Wimbley was one of the bright spots in just about every game this year, and towards the end of the season, it seemed as if he was guaranteed to get a sack at least once every game. In Wimbley's final nine games, he had eight sacks.

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