Sports Illustrated released its 2011 Midseason Awards today and Broncos linebacker Von Miller earned the publication’s defensive rookie of the year honor.
“His instinctive moves around end have made him a premier pass-rush threat from Day One and justified the No. 2 overall pick,” said Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who gave out the awards.
Miller ranks second among NFL rookies and eighth overall with six sacks this season. He is already tied for the sixth-most sacks by a rookie in franchise history. Miller registered a sack in five consecutive contests (Games 2-6) to mark the first time since 1991 a Broncos rookie accomplished that feat.