Indianapolis Colts Football

WEEK 1 ROOKIE RECAP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 10, 2012 – 9:53 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen did not start on Sunday but saw ample playing time throughout the game. The rookie from Clemson lined up at a number of positions for the Colts offense and was used mainly as a blocker against the Bears. Allen also played special teams on Sunday.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard entered the game on the Colts third offensive series and finished the contest with four carries for six yards. The running back position saw the return of Mewelde Moore to the lineup on Sunday. Ballard was also on various special teams units on Sunday.

LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill was the Colts kick and punt returner for Indianapolis on Sunday and also saw some action at wide receiver. He had a 15-yard kickoff return which he fumbled and had a pair of punt returns for a total of 12 yards. With T.Y. Hilton not active due to a shoulder injury, Brazill was the lone rookie receiver for the Colts and had one catch for 10 yards.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener’s six catches for 82 yards placed him third among tight ends around the league on Sunday. On the Colts final drive before halftime, Fleener had three catches for 51 yards including a pair of 22-yard grabs. Fleener caught four balls in the preseason but showed his abilities in the receiving game against the Bears.

Dominique Jones, TE: A year after playing in the Indoor Football League, Jones caught Andrew Luck’s first NFL pass on Sunday. Lining up at fullback, Jones’ lone catch on the afternoon went for eight yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 23-of-45 for 309 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He pointed to his four turnovers as an area for improvement but there were flashes of production for the Colts offense. Luck’s first NFL touchdown came in the fourth quarter when he found wide receiver Donnie Avery for a four-yard touchdown. Luck’s 309 yards passing is the most ever for a Colts quarterback making his NFL debut.

Fellow rookies Chandler Harnish and T.Y. Hilton were inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bears.


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