Wednesday, December 31, 2008

AP Rookie of the Year

Jerod Mayo is the AP Defensive Rookie of the year. I am going to be honest with you, I am not surprised to be typing those words. You knew that for the coach to draft a LB with the 10th overall pick(that he stole from San Francisco and traded to New Orleans) he had to be a special player. Here is a little bit about Mayo that I have gathered together from reliable and unreliable sources on the internet.

Mayo played his High School ball at Kecuoghtan High school, where he lettered three times in football as both a linebacker and a running back. He was the 2003 Defensive player of the year in the Virginia Peninsula area, the following year he was named all state and first team all district. In 2004 he redshirted at Tennessee and saw brief action in 2005 recording 13 tackles in 6 games. In 2006 he became a starter recording 83 tackles, with 5 sacks, and in his final college season the coaches of Tennessee decided to spread a little Mayo and move him to middle linebacker where he records 140 tackles and became an All American.

We all got to witness his rookie season. The most impressive game had to be against the Jets when the Pats lost in overtime when he had 23 tackles, 17 solo. He ended up leading the team in tackles with 128, and was a snub for the pro bowl team in my opinion, but could still find his way on when since all of the linebackers on the roster are playing in the playoffs and could still be injured or could be tired by the time the pro bowl comes around.

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