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Markell Carter tops practice rankings

1/4/2012

The Patriots won 13 games this season, which meant that they awarded practice player of the week honors 13 different times. The practice player of the week is awarded to those who the coaching staff feels best prepared the Patriots in the days leading up to a victory. Practice players of the week wear a black jersey on those weeks in recognition of their work.

Rookie Markell Carter, the sixth-round draft choice from Central Arkansas, earned the highest total of black jerseys this season (7).

The final tabulations:

DE Markell Carter – 7

CB Antwaun Molden -- 5

OT Matt Kopa – 4

TE Garrett Mills – 4

DL Alex Silvestro – 4

OL Donald Thomas -- 4

QB Brian Hoyer – 3

LB Mike Rivera – 3

WR Tiquan Underwood – 3

RB Shane Vereen – 3

C/G Ryan Wendell -- 3

WR/CB/KR/PR Julian Edelman – 2

C/G Nick McDonald – 2

S Ross Ventrone -- 2

CB Phillip Adams – 1

DL Ron Brace – 1

DE/LB Jermaine Cunningham – 1

TE Dorin Dickerson – 1

LB A.J. Edds – 1

LB Niko Koutouvides – 1

DL Kyle Love – 1

QB Ryan Mallett – 1

P Zoltan Mesko – 1

DB Sterling Moore – 1

LB Jeff Tarpinian – 1

S Josh Victorian – 1

OT Thomas Welch – 1

CB Malcolm Williams -- 1

For the week-by-week breakdown of practice players of the week, click on the "full post."

Week 17

Markell Carter

Antwaun Molden

Nick McDonald

Mike Rivera

Tiquan Underwood

Week 16

DL Ron Brace

OL Nick McDonald

DB Sterling Moore

WR Tiquan Underwood

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 15

TE Dorin Dickerson

WR/DB/PR/KR Julian Edelman

LB Mike Rivera

OL Donald Thomas

Week 14

G Donald Thomas

DE Markell Carter

P Zoltan Mesko

DE Alex Silvestro

S Ross Ventrone

Week 13

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

QB Brian Hoyer

G Donald Thomas

TE Garrett Mills

WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 12

DE Markell Carter

RB Shane Vereen

CB Malcolm Williams

Week 11

LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham

QB Brian Hoyer

LB Mike Rivera

Week 10

OL Donald Thomas

CB Phillip Adams

LB Niko Koutouvides

RB Shane Vereen

TE Garrett Mills

DE Alex Silvestro

DE Markell Carter

Week 6

DE Markell Carter

OL Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

DE Alex Silvestro

OL Thomas Welch

C/G Ryan Wendell

Week 5

DE Markell Carter

QB Ryan Mallett

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwaun Molden

OL Ryan Wendell

Week 4

DL Kyle Love

OT Matt Kopa

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Shane Vereen

CB Josh Victorian

Week 2

QB Brian Hoyer

OT Matt Kopa

TE Garrett Mills

CB Antwan Molden

LB Jeff Tarpinian

Week 1

WR Julian Edelman

LB A.J. Edds

OT Matt Kopa

S Ross Ventrone