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Following a record-breaking season, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has received his fair share of recognition.  Jones-Drew was voted to the Pro Bowl for the third straight year and was named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro first team.  Jones-Drew was a finalist for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year which was won by Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy.

Jones-Drew was recently honored as the NFL Alumni Player of the Year and Running Back of the Year. He was also named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL Team, The Sporting News All-Pro Team, Peter King's Sports Illustrated All-Pro Team, John Clayton's ESPN.com All-Pro Team, Pete Prisco's CBSSports.com NFL All-Pro Team and ProFootballFocus.com All-Pro First-Team.  ESPN.com named Jones-Drew the AFC South Offensive Player of the Year.

Jones-Drew is the fourth player in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons, joining Tony Boselli (1996-2000), Jimmy Smith (1997-2001) and Marcus Stroud (2003-05).  

Jones-Drew is only the fifth player in Jaguars history to be voted to the AP All-Pro first team, joining Boselli (1997-99), Bryan Barker (1997), Kevin Hardy (1999) and Rashean Mathis (2006). Jones-Drew and Boselli are the only offensive players in team history to receive the honor.

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"The Champ"

Maurice Jones-Drew has several nicknames, whether it's Pinball, Pocket Hercules, MoJo or MJD.   Jones-Drew answers to all of them but he earned a new moniker in 2011; "The Champ." 

Jones-Drew became the first player in franchise history to lead the NFL rushing with a single-season club record 1,606 yards.  Jones-Drew was only the fifth player since 1990 to lead the NFL in rushing while his team finished with a record below .500.  The 1,606 yards were the most rushing yards on a five-win team since 1978.  He was only the fourth player since 1978 (16-game schedule) to win the NFL rushing title while his team finished last in passing offense (George Rogers, 1981; Eric Dickerson, 1986; Jamal Lewis, 2003).  Jones-Drew and Lewis are the only players since 1995 to rush for 1,500 yards while his team finished last in passing offense. 

Jones-Drew ran away with the title, rushing for 242 yards more than runner-up Ray Rice.  The 242 yards was the 12th-largest margin since 1970 and the fifth-largest since 1986. 

Jones-Drew among 2011 NFL leaders

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AFC

NFL

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Rushing yards (1,606)

1st

1st

Rushes (343)

1st

1st

Rushing touchdowns (8)

T-5th

T-12th

Total touchdowns (11)

T-4th

T-11th

Yards from scrimmage (1,980)

2nd

2nd

First downs (93)

1st

2nd

Rushes of 10-plus yards (43)

1st

2nd

Rushes of 20-plus yards (9)

T-4th

T-9th

Offensive touches (386)

1st

1st

MVP?

It's hard to argue the importance of Maurice Jones-Drew to the Jaguars offense in 2011.  Jones-Drew accounted for a franchise-record 47.7 percent of the Jaguars offense in 2011, the highest percentage in the NFL.  In 12 of 16 games he accounted for at least 40 percent of the club's offense, and at least 50 percent in eight games.

Jones-Drew established a single-season franchise record in 2011 with 1,980 yards from scrimmage (1,606 rushing, 374 receiving), the second-most in the NFL. He averaged 150.0 yards from scrimmage in the last six games and three of his top 10 career games came in 2011. 

Jones-Drew had at least 113 yards from scrimmage in each of the last eight games and at least 100 yards from scrimmage in 12 of 16 games.  He led the NFL in 2011 with a career-high 386 offensive touches (343 rushes, 43 receptions).  He had 20-plus touches in 12 of 16 games with a season-high 32 touches (30 rushes, 2 receptions) in week seven against Baltimore.  He recorded six 100-yard rushing games in 2011 including three straight to conclude the season.  The six 100-yard rushing games were the second-most of his career (7, 2010).  He has 25 career 100-yard rushing games and the Jaguars own a 17-8 mark in those games.  

*          2011 NFL HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL OFFENSE*

*RK    PLAYER, TEAM                                                 PCT.          YARDS  *

1.      Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville               47.7           1,980 of 4,149

2.      Ray Rice, Baltimore                                         38.2           2,068 of 5,419

3.      Steven Jackson, St. Louis                               32.6           1,478 of 4,537

4.      Arian Foster, Houston                                     30.9           1,841 of 5,954

5.      Matt Forte, Chicago                                        29.6           1,487 of 5,026

JAGUARS SINGLE-SEASON HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL OFFENSE

*RK    PLAYER, YEAR                                                   PCT.          YARDS  *

1.      Maurice Jones-Drew, 2011                            47.7           1,980 of 4,149

2.      Fred Taylor, 2003                                             36.2           1,942 of 5,358

3.      Fred Taylor, 2002                                             35.5           1,722 of 4,851

4.      Maurice Jones-Drew, 2009                            32.8           1,765 of 5,385

5.      Fred Taylor, 1998                                             31.5           1,644 of 5,214

Twenty-plus carries

Maurice Jones-Drew has recorded 20-plus carries in 32 of 93 career games and the Jaguars own a 20-12 record in those games.  He has produced 90-plus rushing yards in 25 of the 32 games with 20-plus carries. He had 10 games with 20-plus carries in 2011 and registered at least 97 rushing yards in nine of the 10 games.

Breaking free

Maurice Jones-Drew recorded a career-high 43 rushes of 10-plus yards in 2011, the second-most in team history for a season.  He had the longest of the season for the Jaguars in the season finale against Indianapolis with a 56-yard run in the third quarter.   It was the sixth-longest rush of his career and longest since Nov. 1, 2009 at Tennessee.

JONES-DREW'S LONGEST CAREER RUNS

DATE

OPPONENT

YARDS

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11/1/09

at Tennessee

80t

11/1/09

at Tennessee

79t

12/24/06

vs. New England

74t

 9/27/09

at Houston

61t

10/14/07

vs. Houston

57t

* 1/1/12*

vs. Indianapolis

56

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10/7/07

at Kansas City

52t

12/10/06

vs. Indianapolis

48

10/12/08

at Denver

46t

12/15/11

at Atlanta

43

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10/2/11

vs. New Orleans

41

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11/5/06

vs. Tennessee

40

JAGUARS MOST SINGLE-SEASON RUSHES OF 10-PLUS YARDS

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RK

PLAYER, YEAR

10-PLUS RUSHES

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1.

Fred Taylor, 2003

45

2.

Maurice Jones-Drew, 2011

43

3.

Fred Taylor, 2000

40

4.

Fred Taylor, 2002

38

5.

Fred Taylor, 2004

36

Fred Taylor, 2007

36

7.

Maurice Jones-Drew, 2010

34

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