Midseason awards: Helu, Gano surprise

Midseason awards: Helu, Gano surprise
November 9, 2011, 10:28 am
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First Half MVP Offense
Chris Chester and Will Montgomery.The right guard and center-turned-left guard-turned-center are the only players on offense to play every snap this season. And, yes, this is a plaque handed out by default.First Half MVP Defense
London FletcherAgain, this is awarded a little bit because of this reason: Whom do you give it to? You might say Brian Orakpo (5.5 sacks), but he hasnt gotten it done against division opponents (no sacks in three games). The coaches have credited Fletcher with 96 tackles, 25 more than second-place Rocky McIntosh.First Half MVP Special Teams
Sav RoccaThe Redskins punter merry-go-round has stopped at least for this year because Rocca, signed as a free agent from Philadelphia, has been arguably the Redskins only Pro Bowl performer. Rocca has a 41.1-yard net average on 37 punts, and 17 of those have landed inside the 20-yard line.First Half Surprise Offense
Roy HeluThe rookie running back was No. 3 on a projected depth chart behind Ryan Torain and Tim Hightower but begins the second half as the starter. Hightower is out with a knee injury, and Torain is the acknowledged back-up to Helu, who has 37 carries for 172 yards and 26 catches for 197 yards.First Half Surprise Defense
Ryan KerriganYes, he was a first-round draft pick, but he hasnt missed a snap on defense, and it has to be considered unexpected that he hasnt been exposed more in coverage. The coaching staff trusts him in all situations. He would probably want the sack total to be higher than three, but all things considered, a successful first half.First Half Surprise Special Teams
Graham GanoWe questioned why he was brought back after a shaky 2010 season but three of his four misses (out of 16 attempts) have been blocked. He has field goals of 50, 50 and 59 yards and has taken advantage of the new kickoff rule to boom one touchback after another.First Half Disappointment Offense
Mike ShanahanShould have drafted a quarterback at some point of the last two drafts. Period. End of story. Now Redskins fans have to endure eight more games of Beck andor Grossman instead of the Shanahans using these games to see if a young quarterback is ready to start next year.First Half Disappointment Defense
Oshiomogho AtowgeSigned before the lockout, the veteran safety has been banged up since early in training camp and when hes been healthy, hasnt produced the kind of plays that he did in St. Louis. He played hurt two weeks ago against Buffalo and looked it slow, old and taking bad angles.First Half Disappointment Special Teams
Brandon BanksThe pathetic kickoff rule (35-yard online) has limited Banks opportunities to make plays in that respect. But on punt returns, he has an 8.4 average, and some of his decisions have been flat-out wrong.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com.