Indianapolis Colts Football

ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 9

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 5, 2012 – 9:27 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 continued to be a reliable target for Andrew Luck. Allen set career highs with six receptions for 75 yards on Sunday. He was one of four Colts receivers with at least 75 yards receiving against the Dolphins.

Vick Ballard, RB: For the fourth straight game, Ballard started at running back and led both teams with 60 yards on 16 carries. Ballard also became a huge part of the passing game with three catches for 38 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill filled in for an injured Donnie Avery and had two catches for 25 yards. On a third-and-16 later in the third quarter, Brazill hauled in a 19-yard catch that would eventually lead to a touchdown.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Just like Brazill, Hilton stepped up immensely on Sunday. Hilton had six catches for 102 yards, which put him as the lone rookie in the NFL with two 100-yard receiving games this season. Hilton’s leaping 36-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter gave the Colts their first lead at 20-17. Hilton also had four punt returns for 29 yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck continued his outstanding rookie season with a 30-of-48 effort for an NFL record for rookies with 433 yards passing. He was at his best on third down, finishing 13-of-17 for 204 yards against the league’s top defense in that category. Luck had a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions on the afternoon.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was called on in the second half to replace an injured Winston Justice at right tackle.

Rookie tight end Coby Fleener wide receiver Nate Palmer were inactive against the Titans.


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