Bosa named top rookie on D

Raiders run­ning back Ja­cobs loses of­fen­sive hon­ors to Car­di­nals’ Mur­ray

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - By Jerry Mc­Don­ald

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.

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 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 A.P. 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.

The 49ers’ Kyle Shana­han, pre­sum­ably in the run­ning for A.P. 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.

“Kyle should get it. He de­serves it,” Har­baugh said. “He’s in the Super Bowl. He’s done an amaz­ing job there. He’s a great coach. “I’ve known him a long time in­ter­viewed him few years back”

Vot­ing for NFL awards con­clude at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

49ERS' JOHN LYNCH DE­NIED IN BID FOR PRO FOOT­BALL HALL OF FAME >> John Lynch was de­nied again Satur­day night in an eighth bid for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

The 49ers gen­eral man­ager, who has made the fi­nal 15 for each of the last seven years, con­firmed on Twit­ter he was not elected.

In­ductees will be en­shrined Aug. 8 in Can­ton, Ohio.

Also miss­ing the cut among the fi­nal­ists was for­mer 49ers de­fen­sive tackle Bryant Young, who is in his eighth year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Any dis­ap­point­ment Lynch is feel­ing can be soothed Sun­day with his sec­ond Super Bowl ring — and first as an ex­ec­u­tive — as the 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Sta­dium in Miami in Super Bowl LIV.

Lynch was a safety on the 2002 Tampa Bay team coached by Jon Gru­den which beat the Oak­land Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego.

Lynch, who went to Stan­ford as a quar­ter­back be­fore be­ing switched to safety by coach Bill Walsh, was a nine-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion. He was twice named a first-team All­Pro and fin­ished his ca­reer with 26 ca­reer in­ter­cep­tions to go along with 16 forced fum­bles and nine fum­ble re­cov­er­ies.

The Hall of Fame news comes in the city where Lynch was a sec­ond-round draft pick by the ex­pan­sion Florida Mar­lins in 1992. Play­ing mi­nor league base­ball in the Mar­lins or­ga­ni­za­tion, Lynch threw the first pitch in the his­tory of the fran­chise as a start­ing pitcher for the Erie (Pa.) Sailors.


The 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) cel­e­brates af­ter mak­ing a play dur­ing the NFC Cham­pi­onship against the Pack­ers at Levi’s Sta­dium on Jan. 19.



The Raiders’ Josh Ja­cobs (28) breaks a tackle by the Ben­gals’ Jessie Bates III (30) in the fourth quar­ter of their game at the Coli­seum in Oak­land on Nov. 17.

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