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Now that the second season has come to a close, we asked Rumble players and coaches to vote on player awards. 29 votes were received in total, giving a collective perspective of the players’ thoughts on the field, at practice and in the locker room over the course of the season.
Team MVP – Dave Vuckovich
With 32 percent of the vote, Dave “T-Lake” Vuckovich takes home the 2014 Team MVP award. Flying under the radar for most of the season, Vuckovich was one of the most reliable players on the field and consistently put up solid numbers with 15 goals, 11 assists and five defensive plays on the season, good for third on the team in points.
Offensive Player of the Year – Dave Vuckovich
Vuckovich ran away with this award with 43 percent of the vote. Again, Vuckovich was one of the most consistent and reliable players when New York had the disc this season. This was evident from his +35 rating.
Defensive Player of the Year – Joe Anderson
With an overwhelming 43 percent of the votes, Joe Anderson is the Rumble’s Defensive Player of the Year. Anderson consistently drew the biggest match-ups on the field, limiting and shutting down his opponents with ease week in and week out. Racking up eight defensive plays on the season, Anderson also provided solid offensive play after getting the turn. “Smash” received the Week 10 Innova Throw of the Week for his hammer to Sean Murray.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/FQl80uBESJo?list=UUxA29gpLZhuv6HdUZPpt2Dw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Rookie of the Year – Quinn Hunziker
Winning in a landslide with 50 percent of the votes, Hunziker is the Rumble’s Rookie of the Year. Right out of the gate beginning in Week 1, Hunziker made huge highlight reel plays on both offense and defensive, every time he stepped onto the field. Most notably, Hunziker had one of the highlights of the season with an enormous layout D on Boston star Jeff Graham. Unfortunately, Hunziker’s season was cut short due to a broken finger which required surgery. However, it’s a sure bet that he will be turning heads once again next season.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/g60_19Ftcyc?list=UUxA29gpLZhuv6HdUZPpt2Dw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Best Teammate – Jake Herman
Herman had one of the biggest personalities on the team and was always able to keep the locker room and sideline in a light mood no matter the situation. While being a solid role player all year, Herman was also always the first person to pick up a teammate when he was down.
Breakout Player of the Year – Quinn Hunziker
Hunziker also takes home the award for Breakout Player of the Year with 48 percent of the votes. Coming into the season relatively unknown due to his inexperience, teams will have to plan for ways to match Hunziker’s incredible athletic ability.
Unsung Hero – Lucas Murphy
A consistent and always reliable handler for the Rumble, Murphy was always there to provide solid decisions and throws. Murphy filled many roles throughout the season, playing in all positions all over the field, and always played well wherever he was called upon.