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.
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
Rushing yards (1,606)
Rushing touchdowns (8)
Total touchdowns (11)
Yards from scrimmage (1,980)
First downs (93)
Rushes of 10-plus yards (43)
Rushes of 20-plus yards (9)
Offensive touches (386)
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
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.
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
vs. New England
at Kansas City
vs. New Orleans
JAGUARS MOST SINGLE-SEASON RUSHES OF 10-PLUS YARDS
Fred Taylor, 2003
Maurice Jones-Drew, 2011
Fred Taylor, 2000
Fred Taylor, 2002
Fred Taylor, 2004
Fred Taylor, 2007
Maurice Jones-Drew, 2010