Vince Young named top offensive player
The Titans' quarterback overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history.
Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too.
The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans' season -- running away from the rest of the field.
Young, who led Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April's draft, overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history. He received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.
That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Drew, who had nine apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6); and Saints running back Reggie Bush (3).
On defense, Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was selected. Ryans, the first pick in the second round, easily outshined top overall pick and teammate Mario Williams by leading the league in solo tackles with 126.
His 156 total tackles were the most by a rookie in the last 20 years and he also had 31/2 sacks.
He received 36 of the 50 votes by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.
Second was Chicago end Mark Anderson, who was Ryans' teammate at Alabama, with five votes. Green Bay linebacker A. J. Hawk was next with four, while Cleveland LB Kamerion Wimbley received two votes.
Young is the third member of the Tennessee-Houston franchise to take top rookie honors: Earl Campbell in 1978 and Eddie George in 1996 did it for the Houston Oilers.
Young was the catalyst in Tennessee' rally from 0-5 to 8-8, at times looking as unstoppable for the Titans as he did with the Longhorns.
A starter from Week 4, Young sprinkled all kinds of spectacular big plays with a growing maturity in joining Ben Roethlisberger (2004) as the only quarterbacks to win top rookie honors in the 49-year history of the award.
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