AFC Offensive Player of Week 5 – Chase Claypool

The Steelers were honoured for the second time this season with an AFC Player of the week. Chase Claypool put the offense in the frame with his performance against the Eagles Sunday.

Claypool had 110 receiving yards with 4 scrimmage touchdowns and became the first rookie to gain 100+ receiving yards and 4+ scrimmage touchdowns in a game since Reggie Bush in 2006.

Claypool is the first rookie since at least 1950 with 3+ receiving touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdown in a single game

Claypool is the third rookie wide receiver to record four touchdowns in a single game in NFL history, joining Jerry Butler(September 23, 1979) and Harlon Hill (October 31, 1954). No Steelers rookie had ever scored 4 touchdowns in a game before. No Steelers player, had scored four since Roy Jefferson in1968.

Claypool is the fourth rookie with at least two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game since 1970, joining Lynn Cain (October 14, 1979), Joey Galloway (November 12, 1995) and Kareem Hunt (September 7, 2017).

Claypool is the fourth player since 1990 to register at least three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Jamaal Charles (December 15, 2013), Eric Metcalf (September 20, 1992) and Danny Woodhead (December 20, 2015).

College career:

Claypool played in 50 games with 33 starts over his four-year career (2016- 19) for Notre Dame…caught 150 passes for 2,159 yards and 19 TDs over his career… one of seven wideouts in Notre Dame history with at least 150 career receptions… ended collegiate career with the 11th-most receiving yards in school history… 19 career TD receptions ranked tied for seventh in school history… registered five career 100-yard receiving games, which ranked tied for 10th in school history… led Notre Dame with 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 13 TDs while starting all 13 games as a senior in 2019.

His 13 TD receptions ranked sixth in single-season school history… tied the school record with 4 TD receptions against Navy on November 16, 2019… named 2019 Camping World Bowl MVP after catching seven passes for 146 yards and a TD in a route of Iowa State… played in all 13 games, starting 12 of those contests, as a junior in 2018… finished the season second on the Irish with 639 receiving yards on 50 recep­tions and four TDs… saw action in 12 games and started eight contests as a sophomore in 2017.

Ranked second on the Irish in both receptions (29) and receiving yards (402)… caught nine passes for a career-best 180 yards and a TD vs. Wake For­est (November 4, 2017)… eighth player from Canada to appear in varsity action for Notre Dame… graduated with a degree in management consulting.

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