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49ers Earn Mid-Season Accolades

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 6, 2012 – 2:50 PM

The 49ers are 6-2 atop the NFC West at the halfway point of the season, and are eager to get back between the lines on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. San Francisco has emerged as an NFL powerhouse once again behind Coach Jim Harbaugh and the talented roster assembled by general manager Trent Baalke and his staff.

Members of the media across the country have weighed in on the 2012 season through nine weeks and offered their mid-season awards. To no one’s surprise, the lists are littered with 49ers.

Third-year tackle Anthony Davis, in particular, has been recognized for his stellar season in the trenches, earning All-Pro honors from Sports Illustated’s Peter King and Pro Football Weekly. Davis has anchored the right side of the offensive line since being drafted No. 11 overall by the 49ers in the 2012 Draft, and has emerged as one of the game’s top talents in both run-blocking and pass protection.

“Entire Niners line playing well,” King wrote, “but Davis is one of the NFL’s most improved tackles.”

Davis isn’t the only one on the team to be recognized by King and PFW. King labeled 49ers rushing king Frank Gore as the top running back of the NFL through the first half of the season. Gore has 656 yards and four touchdowns through eight games, while his 5.5 yards-per-carry ranks sixth in the league.

Gore has been the benefactor of a dominating offensive line that has consistently opened up gaping holes for him at the point of attack. Third-year guard Mike Iupati, who was drafted by the 49ers six picks after Davis in 2010, has also raised some eyebrows across the league with his physical play.

“Iupati has become a stud inside during his second and third seasons, leading a 49ers run game that has had little trouble moving the chains against anyone,” PFW writer David DeChant wrote. “He’s not exactly fiery in his demeanor, but lets his play do the talking, mauling defenders and finishing his blocks.”

Rounding out the midseason award winners was Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, who was named a mid-season All-Pro by King and PFW. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite 49ers to reach the 2013 Pro Bowl.

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