Lacy Selected NFL Rookie Of Year
Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Most of the attention on Alabama fans on this year's NFL draft is which players -- and particularly unannounced junior players -- from the 2013 Crimson Tide will be turning pro. But there is very good news for a 2012 Bama player on his performance in his first NFL season.

Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was named the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Lacy and former Crimson Tide offensive tackle D.J. Fluker were also named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie Team.

The award is voted on annually and chosen by accredited writers who cover all 32 NFL teams. Lacy, a second-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft, led all NFL rookies and broke Packers franchise records finishing the season with 1,178 rushing yards on 284 carries, tallying 11 total touchdowns. Lacy started 15 games and added 35 receptions for 257 yards.

He had four 100-yard efforts on the ground, tied for most among NFL rookies and tied for fifth among all players. In addition, Lacy was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month in October and was tabbed the NFL Offensive Player of the Week after a 141-yard performance in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Joining Lacy on the PWFA All-Rookie Team is Fluker, who starred at right tackle for the San Diego Chargers. The first-round selection started in every game but one, playing a pivotal role up front that helped the Chargers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Four Alabama juniors have already announced they will enter the 2014 NFL draft. They are safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan, and linebacker Adrian Hubbard.

Two other Alabama juniors -- strong safety Vinnie Sunseri and wide receiver DeAndrew White -- are considering entering the NFL draft. The decision must be made by Wednesday, and both were rumored to be meeting with Tide Coach Nick Saban Tuesday. There have been unconfirmed reports that both intend to leave Bama.

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