49ers’ Nick Bosa wins NFL defensive rookie honors
The honors keep rolling in for 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Saturday night in a vote by a panel of media throughout the country.
Josh Jacobs, the Raiders rookie running back, lost out to Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Bosa, the second overall pick of the 2019 draft out of Ohio State, had nine sacks in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts. He was credited with 47 tackles, a forced fumble, had an interception and recovered two fumbles.
At the NFL Honors night, Bosa’s father John accepted the award on behalf of his son.
“Obviously a proud dad. Nick wanted me to thank the entire York family, John Lynch and the front office, amazing coaches and most important his wonderful teammates. Go Niners,” John Bosa said.
Bosa was a landslide winner with 43 of the 50 votes cast. Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby was second with four votes, followed by Pittsburgh linebacker Devin Bush (2) and Jacksonville end Josh Allen (1).
Already named the overall rookie of the year as well as the defensive rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association, Bosa was a key figure on a 49ers defense that will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Jacobs, who was also the PFWA offensive rookie of the year, set a franchise rookie rushing record with 1,150 yards and a 4.8 yards per carry average in 13 games.
A first-round pick out of Alabama selected with the No. 24 selection which came as part of the Khalil mack deal, Jacobs had four games of more than 100 yards rushing and after Week 7 played with a shoulder injury that he said was a fracture.
Jacobs, with 88.5 yards rushing per game, trailed only Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and the Browns’ Nick Chubb in per game average.
The missed games apparently hurt with the AP voters, however. Murray, the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma by Arizona, played all 16 games and passed for 3,722 yards. Murray completed 64.4 percent of his passes, threw 20 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions, and also had 544 yards rushing.
Murray won the AP election comfortably with 26½ votes, more than doubling Jacobs total of 13 votes.
Forty-Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo lost by a single vote to Ryan Tannehill as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, getting 15 votes to 16 for Tannehill. Raiders tight end Darren Waller received eight votes.
The 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, in the running for AP NFL Coach of the Year, was beaten out by Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, whose Ravens were 14-2 in the regular season and beat the 49ers.
As he entered the NFL Honors gala, Harbaugh told reporters he thought Shanahan deserved the award.