Todd Gurley’s career at Georgia may not have ended the way he wanted it to, but his NFL career sure has started that way.
The former Bulldogs standout and Los Angeles Rams tailback was awarded the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor Saturday night. Gurley is the fifth former SEC competitor to win the award in the last seven seasons and third in a row, joining Odell Beckham Jr., Eddie Lacy, Cam Newton and Percy Harvin as winners.
In 13 games in 2015, Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, good for third and fifth in the NFL respectively. The rookie’s rushing yards per game mark was also good for the third best in the NFL, and his 4.8 yards per carry tied him for eighth in the league with NFL MVP Cam Newton.
Perhaps even more impressively, Gurley achieved all he did less than a year after tearing his ACL in his final game as a Georgia Bulldog on Oct. 15, 2014. As a result of the injury, Gurley missed the first two games of 2015 while still rehabbing his knee.
Gurley’s counterpart on the defensive side of the ball in winning Rookie of the Year was Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters. The two were the 10th and 18th selections in the 2015 NFL Draft respectively and along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper and Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett, Gurley and Peters were two of only five rookies selected to the Pro Bowl.