In what many might consider an upset, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. His teammate, running back Ezekiel Elliott, was the projected front-runner for the award.
While Elliott has one of the greatest seasons ever by a rookie running back, nobody had a better story than Dak Prescott. A fourth-round pick who might have been third on the Cowboys' depth chart if not for injuries, Prescott was unexpectedly thrust onto the biggest stage in the NFL when Tony Romo went out during the preseason.
Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, a division title, and the first seed in the NFC playoffs. His efficiency numbers dwarfed past rookies and were up there with the best quarterbacks in the game today. It's not hard to see why the voters went his way.
Dak Prescott is the first QB in NFL history to win Offensive Rookie of the Year after being drafted outside of the Top 2 rounds
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 5, 2017
The night is hardly over for Ezekiel Elliott, though. He is still a leading candidate for the Offensive Player of the Year award.