Texas A&M Football: Could Devon Achane Win Rookie of the Year?

The former star for Texas A&M football has had a breakout year in Miami.

Jan 7, 2024; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane (28) runs with
Jan 7, 2024; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane (28) runs with / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Could Former Texas A&M Football Star RB De'Von Achane Win NFL Rookie of the Year?

Despite only being a fourth-round selection, Devon Achane has shown the entire NFL what Texas A&M football fans already knew: he is one of the most talented backs in the entire nation. His speed has been on display in a Miami offense that has been friendly to his skillset, and his big season has paid off with a nomination for NFL Rookie of the Year.

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The Case for Texas A&M Football's De'Von Achane Winning NFL Rookie of the Year

There are quite a few luminaries up there alongside Achane who are vying for this distinction. Chief among them is C.J. Stroud, who has helped quarterback the Texans to their first playoff win in forever. Other members of the competition are former Texas RB Bijan Robinson, who has fallen short of Achane in every rushing stat save number of carries, Rams WR Puka Nacua, and two members of the Detroit Lions in TE Sam LaPorta and RB Jahmyr Gibbs.

So why is Achane more deserving of this award than these other players? Here's a start.

To set an NFL record, especially one in a statistic as relevant as yards per carry, as a rookie is unbelievable.

In honesty, I think Stroud is the only competition for Achane out of this group, and he will likely win due to what he's been able to accomplish in Houston alongside Demeco Ryans (also due to the fact that he's a quarterback). But he shouldn't. What Achane has been able to accomplish is unheard of. No one since the late 1940s has even come close to what he has been able to do—he's a full yard per carry ahead of the next closest challenger, 1949's Joe Perry.

Look, I know this is a QB-centric league. If for no other reason, I think the award goes to Stroud because of that. But what Achane has accomplished this season needs to be recognized.

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