At the end of the 2011 season, Lonestarstruck started a new tradition with our first annual Rookie Of The Year Award.
We nominated the top five rookies we felt where deserving of the honor:
- Bruce Carter – linebacker
- Kevin Kowalski – center
- DeMarco Murray – running back
- Tyron Smith – tackle
- Dan Bailey – kicker
When writing the article, I thought to myself this would be an easy contest and that DeMarco Murray would win by a landslide. However, as many fans would agree after reflecting on the season, rookie free agent Dan Bailey won by a slim margin. Bailey made the most of his opportunities ending the season with an impressive 86.5% of his kicks.
With all the talent on our roster last season, you wouldn’t think of a kicker winning the award but when the game is tied with seconds left on the clock the kicker has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Bailey proved be can handle the pressure and that he has the talent.
With pre-season almost coming to an end, we want you to keep an eye on the rookies and then chime in on who you think could possibly be nominated for our 2nd Annual Rookie of the Year award.