Continuing our review of the Panthers 2011 season lets look and recognize the season leaders in some key statistical categories and see how they rank in the NFL. In no particular order so lets make a list.
Touchdowns: QB Cam Newton 35 (5th in NFL); 21 passing (11th) , 14 rushing (2nd)
Scoring: K Olindo Mare 110 points (19th)
Rushing Yards: 836 Yards RB DeAngelo Williams (23rd)
Receiving Yards: Steve Smith 1,394 receiving yards (5th); 7 receiving TDs (21st)
AVG Yards per Kick Return: Kealoha Pilares 25.7 yards (29th)
Tackles: LB James Anderson 145 (6th)
Sacks: Charles Johnson 9.0 (21st)
Interceptions: Sherrod Martin, Chris Gamble 3 (37th)
Forced Fumbles: Jordan Senn 3 (16th)
Passes Defensed: CB Chris Gamble (32nd)
Net Yards Punting: Jason Baker 42.7 (30th
Two things surprise me in this list. The first is the gap between James Anderson and the 2nd place Panther Charles Godfrey with 84 and fact he ended 6th in the NFL. Great season for Anderson. Second is how little our secondary was able to get their hands on the ball. Interceptions and passes defensed were overall very low. It shows how we need more ball hawks in the secondary.