BY JEFF FALK
Well, it wasn’t the Pro Bowl. But it was a step in that direction.
It was certainly one of the highlights in what is turning into a solid NFL career for Jared Odrick.
Lebanon’s Odrick was recently named the Jacksonville Jaguars’ most valuable defensive player for the 2015 season, by Pro Football Shot, which covers the NFL. A consistent performer against both the run and pass, Odrick edged teammates linebacker Telvin Smith and defensive tackle Roy Miller for the honor.
During the 2015 campaign, Odrick registered 23 solo tackles, 6 assists and 5.5 sacks, defended three passes and forced one fumble. Odrick was in his first season with Jacksonville, after signing a five-year, 42.5-million free agent contract with the Jaguars.
A 2006 graduate of Lebanon High School, Odrick was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season at Penn State. Odrick was chosen by the Miami Dolphins with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
Quarterback Blake Bortles was named Jacksonville’s offensive MVP for 2015. The Jaguars went 5-11.