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January 12, 2011 @ 5:58 pm
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Williams And Blount Named To The Sporting News' All-Rookie Team

Written by Wolf
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Wolf Heard

Wolf
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had two members of their 2010 rookie class named to the Sporting News All-Rookie team, which was selected by writers and editors as well as NFL scouts. The two Bucs honored on the team are running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Mike Williams. Blount and Williams are the first teammates since 1968 to lead all rookies in rushing and receiving yards.

Blount started the season on the bench, but ended it on a tear. After barely playing through the first five weeks, Blount took over the starting job for Cadillac Williams midway through the season. Blount finished his rookie campaign by averaging 5.0 yards per carry for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. Due to his tremendous play over the final five games, Blount was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for the month of December. During that time he had 511 yards on 87 carries (5.9 avg.) and two touchdowns.

Williams was a consistent threat all season long and ended up finishing with a franchise record 11 touchdown receptions. He caught 65 receptions for 974 yards, which was good for a 14.8 average. Williams also was a top five finisher in the Sporting News’ Rookie of the Year award. He received 10 votes overall, well short of winner defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (260 votes).

One Buccaneer that is not on the team is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was the third overall pick. McCoy amassed 43 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and one forced fumble in 13 games, but had his season cut short with a bicep injury that landed him on injured reserve. He was beaten out by Jacksonville’s Tyson Aluali, who had 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games.

Here is the Sporting News All-Rookie Team:

Offense

QB Sam Bradford, Rams

RB LeGarrette Blount, Bucs

RB Chris Ivory, Saints

WR Mike Williams, Bucs

WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

OT Rodger Saffold, Rams

G Zane Beadles, Broncos

C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers

G Mike Iupati, 49ers

OT Jared Veldheer, Raiders

Defense

DE Carlos Dunlap, Bengals

DT Tyson Alualu, Jaguars

DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions

DE Lamarr Houston, Raiders

OLB Pat Angerer, Colts

MLB Rolando McClain, Raiders

OLB Koa Misi, Dolphins

CB Devin McCourty, Patriots

CB Joe Haden, Browns

SS Eric Berry, Chiefs

FS Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Specialists

K Clint Stitser, Bengals

P Zoltan Mesko, Patriots

PR/KR Marc Mariani, Titans

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    @ 4bucs - Cody Grimm gets so much love and is so over rated to me. All I hear about is how he plays sound assignment football - thats fine I guess... but when I watched games and you can't lie with the tape - he gave up at least three touchdowns... I don't feel the idea of using a former college linebacker - he's no Lynch - as our hope for the future. If Jones and Jackson don't work out he draft someone down the road... we have immediate needs at DE for example...
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    why no love for Grimm who was having a tremendous year.
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    So much for that reach at No. 3 for McCoy. I know, I know, he was rated as the third best draft pick, but so far I haven't seen it. Maybe now that we are getting a new DL Coach it will help Gerald to get a lot better. He has quite a ways to go, but he is coachable and he can get better.
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    You're surprised he only got 10? I'm surprised he even got 10. If you're picking the top 3 rookies from either side of the ball, Suh is easily #1, Bradford probably #2, and either McCourty or Berry #3. Williams is top 5, but you've gotta be top 3 to get votes, and even as a Bucs fan, I don't know that he was better than 3 or 4. Arguments can be made for all the guys between 2 and 5. Williams had a great season, and hopefully will have many more to come for the Bucs.. as well as most of our rookies this year.
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    It's sports writers and editors making the selections. Suh is just much easier to spell than Williams.
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    I can't believe that Williams only got 10 votes. The guy leads all rookies receivers in yds and points and he gets 10 votes ? WTF ?
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