NOTEBOOK: Pouncey, Wake Earn USA Today All-Pro Honors

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Team's fast start is recognized by the media.

The honors for the Miami Dolphins just keep rolling in, particularly for Cameron Wake.

On the same day that he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month, Wake was tabbed as one of the starting defensive ends along with Houston’s J.J. Watt on USA Today’s midseason All-Pro team. Center Mike Pouncey joined him on the list.

“Wake crushed Arizona with 4.5 sacks in Week 4 and has had a sack in every game since,” wrote USA Today’s Chris Strauss.

Strauss’ praise of Pouncey was equally impressive.

“He called out the Jets last week and then went out and had one of his best games of the season,” Strauss said of Pouncey.

So far this season, Miami has been singled out in all three phases of the game. Running back Reggie Bush was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 172 yards in a 35-13 rout of the Oakland Raiders in Week 2; defensive tackle Randy Starks earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors thanks to his interception and a sack in a 17-13 win at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5 and rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon was chosen as AFC Special Teams of the Week after blocking a field goal and recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in last week’s 30-9 win at the New York Jets.

“I think it’s a credit, probably to the team overall,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “The funny thing about football is it’s a team game. The stat that matters most and obviously everybody cares about is the win-loss record. I don’t believe Cam Wake was the player of the week in Arizona when he had I think 4.5 sacks. He just played a whale of a game, a rare game probably. But yeah I’m delighted for those guys and it’s well deserved.”


## After rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit a wide open tight end Anthony Fasano in the left side of the end zone during practice, Fasano spiked the ball emphatically. The rest of his offensive line and running backs broke out into an impromptu Fun Bunch imitation with a celebratory dance.

## The entire team was very loose and jovial and the players on both sides of the ball showed off their personality. During one drill, Sean Smith tried to sneak into the offensive huddle and the offensive players shoved him away. Linebacker Kevin Burnett jokingly came to his defense and Randy Starks kicked the ball away before center Mike Pouncey could snap it. Defensive tackle Paul Soliai mockingly egged on the piped in crowd noise.

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