The NFL Rookie of the Year race is down to five players, and two of them are recent SEC standouts.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (Georgia) and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (Alabama) both matched the expectations that come with being first-round draft picks by excelling at the professional level in 2015. Here’s a breakdown of the award race:
- Gurley: 1,294 total yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns
- Cooper: 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and 6 touchdowns
- Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (Washington): 60 total tackles, 8 interceptions for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (Florida State): 4,255 total yards (7.56 yards per pass attempt), 58.3 completion percentage, 28 total touchdowns and 15 interceptions
- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (Kansas State): 51 receptions, 664 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns and 2 return touchdowns
The award will be decided by a fan vote at NFL.com. You can also participate in SEC Country’s Rookie of the Year vote below: