Dec 11, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams (99) and outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) with middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) after he scored a touchdown during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

SLR Detroit Lions Player Of The Year Tournament Second Round: Stephen Tulloch vs. Willie Young

The second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is underway! Take a look at the bracket.

We’re staying on the defensive side of the bracket today. Who will move on to the Sweet 16?

(2 seed) Stephen Tulloch vs. (7 seed) Willie Young

The Lions weren’t looking to move DeAndre Levy to the outside but his versatility allowed them to bring in Stephen Tulloch. The move paid off with Tulloch leading the team with 111 tackles. Beyond stuffing the middle, Tulloch had an impact that shows up all over the stat sheet. He recorded three sacks and two interceptions, including one very important pick in the comeback with over the Cowboys. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against the Vikings. The Lions got what they were looking for when they brought Tulloch to town on a one year deal, now they have to see what they can do to keep him.

The 2011 season was the first time Willie Young really got a chance to flash his potential and he did just that after earning the right to get some playing time in the rotation at defensive end. He finished with three sacks on the season with his first being the biggest. After taking a 34-20 lead in Dallas the Lions defense was tasked with keeping the Cowboys out of the end zone in the final 1:39 of the game. Five plays later, Tony Romo had wiped away 45 of the 80 yards they needed only to be sacked by Willie Young to force a third and 20. The Cowboys ran two more plays before turning it over on downs but the Young sack essentially sealed the game.

Who should advance to the third round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?

  • Stephen Tulloch (90%, 27 Votes)
  • Willie Young (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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