Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks to pass while being pressured by Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the second half at Ford Field. Detroit won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

SLR Detroit Lions Player Of The Year Tournament Fourth Round: Cliff Avril vs. Stephen Tulloch


We’re down to the round of eight in our 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament! You can see the bracket here.

Who will advance to the final four? Poll remains open until midnight on the west coast.

(1 seed) Cliff Avril
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Bobby Carpenter
Third Round: def Justin Durant

Coming off a nine sack season might make some think that Cliff Avril couldn’t improve his sack total for a fourth consecutive year but he did just that. Beyond the 11 sacks, Avril made his presence felt with six forced fumbles and interception and two touchdowns.

(2 seed) Stephen Tulloch
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Willie Young
Third Round: def Louis Delmas

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.

Who should advance to the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament Final Four?

  • Cliff Avril (65%, 11 Votes)
  • Stephen Tulloch (35%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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