Miami Dolphins: Can Cameron Wake Surpass His 14-Sack Season?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals is sacked by Koa Misi #55 and Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Football fans across the league know it. Miami Dolphins fans love it. Quarterbacks across the league fear it.

Cameron Wake is a monster.

An undrafted free agent out of Penn State and briefly a CFL force to be reckoned with, Wake has found a home in Miami as an absolutely intimidating defensive end whose pass rush is nearly impossible to defend. He even plays a significant role in stopping the run.

Over the past three games alone, after a relatively quiet start to the season, Wake has been responsible for 7.5 sacks. Kevin Kolb got to know him particularly well after an afternoon where they interacted for 4.5 of those sacks.

Wake is currently on pace, if he continues his current trend, to break his 2010 total of 14 sacks in his first year as a started. And he has only improved since then.

His quickness and sheer athleticism have allowed him to stand as a defensive end rather than a linebacker and actually pushes him past opposing offensive lines. His strength allows him to compete with the best.

And now he leads a defensive line that has been labeled by some as one of the best in the NFL. In fact, before Week 7, the Dolphins were ranked the No. 1 run defense in the whole NFL. Even Arian Foster had a tough time gaining yardage in Week 1 against this unit.

When setting out against Mark Sanchez last weekend, who he has only sacked twice in the six times they've played against each other with both times coming in the same game, Wake had his eyes on getting to the quarterback. And he most definitely did, as he led his defensive core in a beatdown of the New York Jets.

And in this manner, Cameron Wake will break his personal sack record from 2010.