Houston Texans Midseason Player Awards
Patrick D. Starr
In our midseason report card we looked at the Houston Texans individual players and gave them a grade based on their performance. in this segment we give our midseason player awards for the Texans in the 2011 season.
The midseason player awards.
Texans MVP-Brian Cushing, If there is any Texans player playing at a higher level it is Cushing. Cushing has been a rock in the middle of the Texans new look defense, and is playing sideline to sideline. He has taken over the duties calling the defense in the huddle from DeMeco Ryans and never comes off the field. His leadership and play speaks volumes among his teammates, and has bounced back from his poor 2010 season.
Stats: 54 total tackles (35 solo, 19 assists), 1 sack, 3 pass deflections, 1 interception
Offensive MVP- Arian Foster, This was a close choice between Foster and Matt Schaub, but Foster ability to change games is what sets him apart. In the games Foster has rushed for 100+ yards the Texans have come away with victories, and it shows what he means to the offense. With him on the field he is a dual threat running and catching the ball, and despite missing 2 games and limited in week 2, Foster still leads the team in rushing. Him being on the field makes the Texans a better offense, and everyone else on offense better.
Stats: 135 rushes, 532 yards (3.9 avg.) 4 TDs, 22 receptions, 317 yards, 1 TD
Defensive MVP:Johnathan Joseph, with Cushing taking the Team MVP, Joseph gets the nod at defensive MVP. Joseph is easily the best free agent signing in team history and despite his healthy contract he has lived up to every dollar. What make him so good is his ability to cover and provide some physical play from the corner back position. He has helped defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to provide help to the other side of the field for the Texans' other corners, because he can lockup man to man with opposing wide receivers. Joseph has lockdown ability and instantly upgraded a Texans secondary that was suspect in 2010. Texans' fans have never seen a player of his ability in a Texans uniform in the secondary.
Stats: 26 tackles (23 solo, 3 assist) 9 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble
Rookie of the Year- J.J. Watt, Watt has started since day 1 and has been a nice addition to a thin Texans defensive line at the start of the 2011 season. Watt had impact in the first three games of the season and hit his rookie wall in weeks 4 and 5. He has come to life the past few weeks, but what he had provided on the defensive line is a strong presence to rush the quarterback or play the run. Watt now has competition with the emergence of rookie outside linebacker Brooks Reed playing so well right now.
Stats: 26 tackles (25 total, 1 assist), 2 sacks
Comeback Player of the Year- Owen Daniels, Daniels blew out his knee in 2009 in a week 8 contest against the Buffalo Bills, and in 2010 he was limited to 11 games with 10 starts. In 2011 Daniels, has come back in great shape and his play on the field looks like the Daniels of old. One of Matt Schaub's favorite targets on the field, he has bailed out Schaub with some spectacular catches this season. He has also picked up the slack with Andre Johnson hurt with a hamstring as option in the passing game. Daniels at the halfway point leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and tied for the team lead with touchdown receptions.
Stats: 31 receptions, 415 yards 3 touchdowns