The former Penn State Nittany Lions captain and all-time Happy Valley legend ran away with the voting, garnering 50% of the total votes. Punter Thomas Morstead finished second to Mauti, with 23% of the votes.
Michael finished the 2015 season leading the team in special teams tackles, with 12 (he finished the season with 19 total). In this, just his first season with his hometown Saints, he surpassed his tackle total in his previous two season with the Minnesota Vikings.
However, the main reason he won the award can likely be attributed to the incredible punt block/fumble recovery/scoop and score total effort he gave in the Saints showdown with the division rival Atlanta Falcons (who employ another outstanding former Penn State, current NFLer in Nate Stupar).
Just perfect. Congratulations, Mike!