The 49ers sit at 6-2 halfway through the season and are on a bye for Week 9. They’re currently in second place in the NFC West division, one game behind the Seattle Seahawks. After being 1-2 through three games, the 49ers finished the first half on a five-game winning streak before entering the bye week.
Here are the awards for the first half of the 49ers 2013 season:
Offensive MVP: Frank Gore
Gore is still ‘Frank the Tank’ as he has amassed 617 rushing yards and seven touchdowns with the latter being ranked second among running backs. In the last two games, he has scored four rushing touchdowns. Gore has been the most consistent player on offense and has averaged 4.2 yards per carry. The 49ers offense wouldn’t be the same without Gore leading the rushing attack.
Honorable Mention: Vernon Davis
Defensive MVP: NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman had to be the lone general of the 49ers defense after Patrick Willis went down with a groin injury for two games and had no troubles. The fourth year linebacker has been consistent in making plays on the defensive side of the ball from breaking up passes to stopping the run up front. He has been the heart of the defense as they didn’t miss a beat when Willis was hurt.
Honorable Mention: Justin Smith
Special Teams MVP: C.J. Spillman
Spillman has been all over the field in tackling and remained a core special teams player on the 49ers. His tackling in the open field on special teams has made a difference in field position.
Honorable Mention: Michael Wilhoite
Offensive Rookie of the Year: N/A
Honorable Mention: Vance McDonald
There is no standout right now on offense with McDonald being the only healthy rookie on offense. He has been a tremendous blocker with a limited role in the passing game. Quinton Patton, the only other rookie on the offense has been injured with a fractured foot.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Eric Reid
There is no doubt Reid has shown he is NFL ready in his rookie season through eight games. While he has taken a few bad angles in tackling, he has easily picked up the hole that Dashon Goldson left at free safety. He doesn’t have many balls thrown his way and can keep everything in front of him when necessary. Reid is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and is a great tackler in the open field.
Honorable Mention: Corey Lemonier
Biggest surprise: Tramaine Brock
Brock stepped in for an injured Nnamdi Asomugha in Week 4 and hasn’t relinquished his position at nickel cornerback since. He had two-interception game against the Houston Texans the following week and continued to shine throughout the first half. Originally a special teams player, Brock has ascended into being a mainstay for the secondary with his ability to cover the opposition.
Honorable mention: Glenn Dorsey
Biggest disappointment: Kyle Williams
It hasn’t been easy for the fourth-year WR who had to become the No.2 receiver behind Anquan Boldin. He has failed to have more than 40 receiving yards in one game after being a promising receiver last year. In eight games, he only has 11 receptions for 108 yards.
Honorable mention: None
Best performance in a single game: Colin Kaepernick in Week 1 vs. Green Bay Packers
It’s very tempting to go with Anquan Boldin having 208 receiving yards in the same game, but the quarterback takes this award. Kaepernick had 412 passing yards and threw three touchdown passes, two of which were to Vernon Davis. He didn’t throw an interception and on a day where the running game was gone, Kaepernick made the plays needed to secure the first win of the season.
Honorable Mention: Vernon Davis in Week 6 vs. Cardinals (180 receiving yards, two touchdowns)
49ers MIP (Most Important Player): Joe Staley
The 49ers rushing attack wouldn’t be the same without Staley leading the way. When the 49ers couldn’t run up the middle, they could go off tackle through Staley or on the right side through Anthony Davis. Jim Harbaugh said both offensive tackles are having a great year, which reflects how effective the ground game has been when running to the outside.
Honorable Mention: Justin Smith