Posted Fri Jan 6th by Jon Heath
Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller is one of five nominees for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award on NFL.com.
Miller, a Texas A&M product, started all 15 games he played and tied Denver’s single-season rookie sack record with a team-high 11.5 sacks, placing him second among all rookies in 2011 and tied for third overall in the AFC. He was one of six NFL players to record a half sack in at least 10 games.
He totaled 64 tackles (50 solo) and led the team with 19 tackles for a loss in addition to ranking second on the club with two forced fumbles. He was selected as a starting outside linebacker for the AFC squad for the 2012 Pro Bowl. The second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Miller was nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week three times.
The other nominees for the award include quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Cam Newton, cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive end Aldon Smith. This award will most likely be given to Newton, but Miller is still a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Fans can vote for Miller at NFL.com. Voting ends on Monday, January 9th.