I believe that Cameron Wake, will likely be the Western Conference Finalist. However, when people look at it just isn't were his stats good for a rookie. Did his play/stats have a significant impact on the results of the team. Given, BC current defensive line up that is questionable. I suspect anyone with talent could have had a good results, as good as Wake, I don't think so but good results.
The Eastern COnference Finalist will likely be Nick Setta. A special teams player, a kicker. Has his impact been significant for the team. In a word yes. He has helped them keep some games close. He is consistent with a good average in punting. He may even win the scoring titel. Oh and don't forget to mention he has contributed with special teams tackles.
I don't think this is a done deal for Cameron Wake right now. In terms of players who have had a bigger impact on the team it would be N. Setta hands down.
I would have to disagree with you, Mikejth. I don't think that N.Setta will /should even be considered for Rookie of the Year considerations. He is a special teams player, which means he is only on the field a few plays a game. He isn't giving his all play after play. His contributions - although helpful - has not had a huge impact the ticats season. I just don't believe that a kicker should be considered for rookie of the year when you are going against someone who is playing almost every other down in a game. If this is all the Eastern Conference has to offer for Rookie of the year then I think it is a slam for Cameron Wake. .
While I will agree with you that special team players don't normally get considered and if they do, will normally lose out. That doesn't mean they shouldn't. I suspect the year that Frank Cutolo one it, it was as much for his special teams play as it was for his recieving yards. In 2005 Corey Holmes was nominated for Outstanding Play in the West as much for special teams play as it was his recieving and rushing.