Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio and running back Maurice Jones-Drew have been nominated for NFL weekly honors. Del Rio has been nominated for the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week and Jones-Drew has been nominated for Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week. Fan voting began today at noon and continues through Thursday at 5 p.m. at NFL.com.
Del Rio had his team well-prepared for their match-up with the AFC South-rival Indianapolis Colts, as the Jaguars attacked the Colts on the ground en-route to 375 rushing yards and a 44-17 victory. Jacksonville ran the ball 42 times, with Jones-Drew gaining 166 yards and two touchdowns and Fred Taylor running for 131 yards and one touchdown. Jacksonville's defense held Indianapolis to 34 rushing yards in the game.
Jones-Drew carried 15 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 93 yards for another touchdown in the Jaguars' win. Jones-Drew, who scored on touchdown runs of 18 and 48 yards, totaled 303 all-purpose yards in the game, which set the team's all-time record. He has now had at least one rushing touchdown in a team-record five consecutive games.
This is Del Rio's third nomination this year and he won the honors in Week Eight against Philadelphia. This is Jones-Drew's third nomination for Rookie of the Week honors.
ROSTER NOTE: The Jaguars signed first-year guard Pete McMahon to the practice squad and waived quarterback Ben Dougherty from the practice squad. McMahon, 25, was originally drafted by Oakland in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft out Iowa. The 6-8, 330-pound lineman had spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad this season.