The Rams handed out team awards yesterday. Defensive lineman Adam Carriker, who was the 13th overall pick in the draft was named Ram’s rookie of the year.
"Carriker’s been outstanding, more than you could really count on because we had to project him inside, when he played defensive end in college. He came in a started right from the get go at nose. We played him some in the three-technique. In one game we played him equal reps at three positions from nose guard, to three-technique to the (defensive) end. That’s asking a lot of a rookie. Two of the last three games he’s been one of the nominees for the player of the week on defense. That shows that he’s developing a becoming exactly what we’re looking for." Commented Rams head coach Scott Linehan.
Corey Chavous wins the sportsmanship award for the second year in a row and linebacker Will Witherspoon wins the team’s most valuable player award. The awards are voted on by the players. Linehan agreed with the player’s choice of Witherspoon. "It’s well deserved. Will’s a guy that since he’s been here, has proved at a position that he didn’t play a whole lot. Being his first year at middle linebacker, he played great at the beginning of last season. As the year went on he had his ups and downs. This year he seems like more of a consistent player from the start of the season to where we are now. It says a lot about how his teammates see him and how they view his impact on our team. It’s exciting to know that he is going to be probably that much better even a year from now."