Maurice Jones-Drew was named the starting running back for the 2009 season.
Jones-Drew had a record-breaking season for the Jaguars in 2009. In a 30-13 loss in Tennessee during Week Eight, Jones-Drew rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns (80 yards and 79 yards) on only eight carries.
This performance tied Hall of Famer Barry Sanders' record of rushing for two touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a single game, which was set by Sanders in a Week Seven game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 12th, 1997.
Jones-Drew became the third player to share the record, as San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore also tied Sanders' record in a Week Two game against the Seattle Seahawks during the same season.
At season's end, Jones-Drew compiled some nice statistics.
He rushed for 1,391 yards on 312 attempts (4.5 YPC) and 15 TD's. He was also one of the big components in the Jaguars passing attack, as he had 53 receptions for 374 yards and a TD.
In an article by Thomas George, Maurice Jones-Drew was recognized as one of the most versatile backs currently in the NFL.
Jones-Drew was a 2009 Pro Bowl selection behind Chris Johnson; however, he rushed for only 30 yards on five carries.