Former Alabama RB Josh Jacobs exceeded expectations in his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders. So it was no surprise that he picked up the Pro Football Writers of America’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, which was announced on Tuesday.

Picked 24th overall, Jacobs rushed 242 times for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns, with 20 catches for 166 yards.

Jacobs joined Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen as the only players in franchise history to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year after becoming the first Oakland rookie to surpass the 1,000-yard barrier on the ground, according to the Raiders. Jacobs broke Allen’s rookie club record (697 yards) in just his first eight games, while also surpassing Allen for most 100-yard rushing performances (five) by a rookie in Raiders history.

In a class by himself, Jacobs’ 1,150 rushing yards and seven scores in 2019 were both tops among rookie rushers. His 101.2 scrimmage yards per game also led his rookie class, while his 1,150 yards on the ground ranked sixth in the NFL this year overall and also rank sixth in Raiders history among all single-season rushing performances.


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