Eddie Lacy wins AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm

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Packers RB Eddie Lacy was named The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

The award was presented to Lacy at the third annual “NFL Honors” show in New York City.

Lacy received 35 of the 50 votes. Chargers WR Keenan Allen was second with 12 votes. The remaining three votes were split between Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, Lions T Larry Warford and Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

In a brief phone interview with packers.com after receiving his award, Lacy confessed he was plenty nervous heading up on stage in front of the NFL world and a national TV audience.

“That was the most nerve-racking thing I think I’ve ever had to do in my life,” Lacy said. “I like to think I have stagefright, and that’s something I would try to avoid at all costs, but this was one situation where you pretty much have to go up and face your fears. As happy as I was to be up there to receive the award, I was very nervous to speak in front of everybody.”

On stage, Lacy thanked his family, teammates and coaching staff for all their support and for “making me feel a part of their team.”

Lacy joins John Brockington (1971), also a running back with a powerful running style, as the only Packers to win this award. Lacy broke Brockington’s franchise rookie records for carries (284) and rushing yards (1,178) this past season.

Lacy said Brockington reached out to him by phone after his 42-year-old records were broken and was more than excited to see where Lacy’s career goes from here.

“He’s a great guy and a great man,” Lacy said. “To be able to break his record and have him talk to you about it, it’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to bring that running style back to Green Bay.

“He told me about how excited he was when I got picked, and the visions he saw for what I can do for the running game in Green Bay.”

Lacy also broke Samkon Gado’s franchise rookie record for rushing TDs with 11, nearly doubling Gado’s total of six in 2005.

Lacy added 35 receptions for 257 yards in the passing game, giving him over 1,400 yards from scrimmage on the season. Lacy also fumbled just once, in his NFL debut in Week 1 at San Francisco.

That was the beginning of a slow start, as Lacy then suffered a concussion on his first carry in Week 2 vs. Washington, which forced him to sit out the rest of that game and the next one, in Week 3 at Cincinnati.

Lacy said the only thing he changed about his approach thereafter was to not leave his feet, because he got the concussion by getting hit in the side of the head in midair. He was trying to avoid a teammate on the ground who had tried to throw a block in front of him but ended up paying the price.

“The last thing I wanted to do was jump and get another concussion,” he said. “I had to let the game come to me.”

He went on to rush for 1,127 yards over the final 13 regular-season games, an average of 87 yards per game.

The Packers’ lone Pro Bowl representative, Lacy posted four 100-plus-yard rushing games, along with two other games of 90-plus. His season high was 150 yards against Chicago in Week 9 at Lambeau Field, the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Packers rookie, behind only Gado’s 171 yards against Detroit in Week 14 of 2005.

Lacy already had been named Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America and a second-team All-Pro by AP. He was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, joining Gado as the only other Packers rookie to win the monthly honor.

He was also named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at Dallas in Week 15, when he rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD, including a 60-yard run on the opening play of the second half to spark Green Bay’s comeback from a 26-3 deficit for a 37-36 win.

As for whether his dynamite rookie season and this latest prestigious award put any added pressure on him for 2014, Lacy indicated he’ll be the same laid-back guy off the field and intense competitor on it as his career continues.

“I have great teammtes and a great coaching staff, and they’ll make sure I’m not putting extra pressure on myself,” he said. “I’ll go into the season with the same mindset as this past season, just don’t try to do too much and make the most of every opportunity that I get.”

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View photos from the red carpet at the 3rd Annual NFL Honors


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Eddie Lacy named PFWA’s Rookie of the Year

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2014 – 12:25 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

RB Eddie Lacy

Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been voted by the Pro Football Writers of America as their Rookie of the Year for 2013.

Lacy finished the regular season 1,178 rushing yards and 11 TDs, leading all NFL rookies and setting Packers franchise rookie records. Lacy was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October and was the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 141 yards at Dallas in Week 15. He had four 100-yard rushing games, tied for the most among NFL rookies and tied for fifth among all players. His 11 rushing TDs were third overall in the league.

Lacy joins teammate Josh Sitton in earning honors this year from the PFWA. Sitton was named to the organization’s All-NFC team.

2013 PFWA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

2013 PFWA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

2013 PFWA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: LB Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills

2013 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense
QB – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
WR – Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
TE – Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Kyle Long, Chicago Bears; Larry Warford, Detroit Lions
T – D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers; Justin Pugh, New York Giants

Defense
DL – Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions; Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers; Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets; Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers
LB – Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills; Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders; Alec Ogletree, St. Louis Rams
CB – Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals; Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons
S – Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers; Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
P – Sam Martin, Detroit Lions
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
PR – Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
ST – Don Jones, Miami Dolphins


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Vote for Eddie Lacy for Rookie of the Year

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 13, 2014 – 3:45 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

RB Eddie Lacy

Packers RB Eddie Lacy is among five finalists for NFL Rookie of the Year for 2013, and fans can cast their votes from now until Tuesday, Jan. 28, to determine the winner.

Joining Lacy as a finalist are Chargers WR Keenan Allen, Bills LB Kiko Alonso, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson.

Votes can be cast by clicking here. The winner will be announced at the third annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New York City, a two-hour prime-time special on Feb. 1 on FOX the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

Here’s information on each of the five finalists, supplied by the NFL in a press release:

  • Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers)

Allen started 14 games for San Diego and helped the Chargers to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth in the AFC playoffs. He set the team record for the most receiving yards by a rookie in a season (1,046), surpassing John Jefferson’s mark (1,001) set in 1978. As the Chargers’ leading receiver, he became the first rookie in the NFL since A.J. Green in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Allen had 71 receptions and tied Eddie Royal for the team lead with eight touchdown catches. Allen had five receptions for 89 yards in the Chargers’ 27-24 Week 17 victory over Kansas City as San Diego earned a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. The California product was nominated for Rookie of the Week four times, winning the award all four times.

  • Kiko Alonso (Buffalo Bills)

Alonso, a second-round draft pick (46th overall) out of Oregon, played every defensive snap for the team this season. He ranked third in the NFL with 159 tackles, finished first in fan voting at the linebacker position for the Pro Bowl. Alonso’s career-high 22 tackles against Cincinnati in Week 6 were the second-most tackles by a player in a single game this season. He was nominated for Rookie of the Week two times, winning the award once.

  • Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals)

Bernard, drafted in the second round (37th overall) out of North Carolina, finished the season with 170 carries for 695 yards and five touchdowns. He was instrumental in helping lead Cincinnati (11-5) to an AFC North division title and a perfect 8-0 record at home. Bernard had 148 scrimmage yards (99 rushing and 49 receiving) in the Bengals’ 42-28 victory against Indianapolis in Week 14. He also recorded 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 27-24 overtime victory against the Buffalo in Week 6. Bernard was nominated for  Rookie of the Week two times, winning the award once.

  • Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)

Lacy, a University of Alabama product who was selected as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, helped lead the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) to their third straight division title and fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Lacy finished the season with 284 carries for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns setting franchise rookie records in all three categories. He rushed for a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries in a Week 9 matchup against division rival Chicago. Lacy rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in Week 16. He also helped the Packers clinch the division title in Week 17 by rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown in a winner-take-all game against Chicago. Lacy, who led all NFL rookies in rushing yards and touchdowns, was nominated for Rookie of the Week seven times, winning the award once.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings)

Patterson, selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, set a Vikings record for most kickoff return yards in a season with 1,393 and was selected to participate in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl as a return specialist. He finished his rookie campaign with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns, adding 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He tallied five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, and added 111 kick-return yards for the Vikings against Baltimore in Week 14. Patterson had 228 kickoff return yards, including a 109-yard kick-return touchdown, against Green Bay in Week 8. He returned three kickoffs for 149 yards, including a 105-yard return touchdown, against Chicago in Week 2. Patterson is the only player in NFL history with four receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two kickoff-return touchdowns in the same season. He also became the first player in NFL history with a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown (109 and 105), 75-yard receiving touchdown (79) and 50-yard rushing touchdown (50) in a season. The former Tennessee Volunteer was nominated for Rookie of the Week four times.


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