Brian Cushing Named Texans' MVP; J.J. Watt Named Texans' Rookie Of The Year

Not pictured: Blaine Gabbert weeping.

Nick Scurfield enlightens us:

Inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been voted the Texans’ 2011 Most Valuable Player by a vote of his teammates.

Cushing, who was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, led Houston’s No. 2-ranked defense with 114 tackles. He had almost as many solo tackles (76) as Texans strong safety Glover Quin, who finished second on the team in tackles, had overall (77). Cushing also had 4.0 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and five passes defensed.

With Cushing leading the way in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense, the Texans allowed only 285.7 yards per game after giving up 376.9 in 2010. That 91.2-yard average improvement was the best in the NFL this season and third-best since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Texans’ defense improved by 9.3 points per game, from 26.7 to 17.4, also the best turnaround in the league.

Can't argue with that; Cushing has been the most valuable player throughout the entire season, with Johnathan Joseph being the runner-up in my mind.

Within the link, there's also news that J.J. Watt was named the team's rookie of the year (also a no-doubt-about-it pick), and DeMeco Ryans won the Texans’ Ed Block Courage Award and a community service award named after Mark Bruener.

Votes for the Bennie Joppru Award are still being tabulated.

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