By a ratio of almost 3:1, Dennis Pitta (74%) was voted to have had the best season in the NFL by former Brigham Young Cougars. Brett Keisel came in second with 16% of the vote, followed by Austin Collie (6%), Brady Poppinga (3%), and John Beck (1%).
My vote also goes to Pitta.
Pitta saw his role in the Baltimore Ravens offense increase dramatically. He played well in two playoff games. The future is very bright for Pitta.
Keisel is second on my list, too. Even though he is advancing in age, he still had one of the best seasons of his career. He is a mainstay on the Steelers defensive line. Just like Pitta, he played for a team that made it to the playoffs.
Poppinga gets my third place vote. He has quietly enjoyed a strong NFL career, especially for a former BYU linebacker. He might have changed teams, but that didn't change his production. Poppinga also successfully rebounded from an injury that cut short his 2010 season.
Collie might have had more receptions and receiving yards than Pitta, but by Collie's standards it was a down year. His numbers dropped in all statistical categories, and his team was the worst in the NFL. Of the five Cougars in the poll, Collie would have been fourth on my list.
Beck had his best statistical season, but that isn't saying much. Plus, the potential was there for this year to be so much more. He didn't step into the best of situations when he became the starter, however, I think everyone--himself included--expected more from him.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Don't forget to vote in this week's poll: "Which member of the 2012 recruiting class will contribute the most this fall?"
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