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Oakland Raiders: S&BP Raiders 2008 Player Achievement Awards

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It's time for the community of Silver and Black Pride to vote your choices for the 2008 season Oakland Raider player achievement awards.

This will be a five part series that will commence with Rookie of the Year, then be followed by:

  • Most Improved Player
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Offensive Player of the Year
  • MVP

As we pass time and get prepared for the NFL Draft and the beginning of the new Raiders 2009 season, let's take a look back at 2008 and choose the players who achieved the most in their respective categories.

The candidates for Rookie of the Year:

1. Darren McFadden

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  1. Rushing

    Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD
    2008 Oak 113 499 8.7 50 4
    Total 113 499 8.7 50 4

    Receiving

    Year Team Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
    2008 Oak 29 285 9.8 27 0
    Total 29 285 9.8 27 0

The number 4 overall draft pick of the 2008 draft had his season interrupted by various injuries which obviously effected his stats, but nevertheless McFadden always made his presence felt on the field.

2. Michael Bush

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Rushing

Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2008 Oak 95 421 4.4 67T 3
Total 95 421 4.4 67 3

Receiving

Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2008 Oak 19 162 8.5 10.8 0
Total 19 162 8.5 10.8 0

Yes, I'm including Michael Bush for this category even though he was drafted in 2007. He never was activated for 2007 season, so I consider him a "red shirt rookie" as Bush saw his first action only in 2008. Bush really was under utilized, but when he was in he usually made an impact with his pounding style and versatility, not only rushing, but receiveing and throwing option passes.

3. Tyvon Branch

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Defense

Year Team Tackles Sacks FF FR Int Yds TD
2008 Oak 10 0 0 1 1 36 0
Total 10 0 0 1 1 36 0

Kick Return

Year Team Ret Yds Avg Lng TD
2008 Oak 6 89 14.8 20 0
Total 6 89 14.8 20 0

The speedy, hard hitting safety from Connecticut was drafted by the Raiders with the first of their 2 picks in the 4th round. Branch's season was also cut short by injuries and he ended up on injured reserve.

4. Trevor Scott

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Defensive
Tackles Interceptions
Year Team G Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2008 Oak 16 24 19 5 5.0 -- 0 -- -- -- 0.0 --

The Raiders drafted Trevor Scott in the 6th round out of the University of Buffalo to play defensive end. Though Scott is somewhat undersized, he made the most of his opportunities when he was on the field.

5. Chaz Schilens

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Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st FUM
2008 Oak 16 15 226 15.1 14.1 60 2 4 1 9 0

The Raiders drafted the 6'4" 225-pound Schilens in the 7th round and while he had some issues with injuries also, Chaz learned his position quickly and became a large target for Jamarcus Russell to look for. Chaz showed very good progress throughout the season and was a great value pick in the 7th round.

Those are your candidates Nation! Choose who you think should be the 2008 Raiders Rookie of the Year: