Markell Carter tops practice rankings

January, 4, 2012
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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

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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