Helu: Woo Hoo

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The Redskins finally got back in the win column Sunday with a 23-17 victory in Seattle, and Roy Helu had plenty to do with it. His hurdling 28-yard touchdown run started his team’s rally in the fourth quarter from a 17-7 deficit. He also gained 162 yards from scrimmage – 108 rushing, 54 receiving. That’s the fourth-highest total by a Redskins rookie back since 1960.

Here are the Top 10 in this category:

180  Kelvin Bryant vs. Giants, 1986 – 50 yards rushing (1 TD), 130 receiving (1 TD).

166  Mike Thomas vs. Giants, 1975 – 123 rushing, 43 receiving (no TD).

163  Reggie Brooks vs. Eagles, 1993 – 154 rushing (1 TD), 9 receiving.

162  Roy Helu vs. Seahawks, 2011 – 108 rushing (1 TD), 54 receiving.

160  Leroy Jackson vs. Colts, 1962 – 38 rushing, 122 receiving (1 TD).

154  Mike Thomas vs. Browns, 1975 – 124 rushing (1 TD), 30 receiving (1 TD).

153  Charley Taylor vs. Eagles, 1964 – 61 rushing, 92 receiving (2 TD).

152  Jamie Morris vs. Bengals, 1988 – 152 rushing, 0 receiving (0 TD).

152  Kenny Watson vs. Seahawks, 2002 – 110 rushing, 42 receiving (0 TD).

150  Charley Taylor vs. Browns, 1964 – 62 rushing (1 TD), 88 receiving.

Notes: Bryant wasn’t really a rookie. He had already played three seasons in the United States Football League and was 26 years old. (In other words, he was merely a first-year NFL player.) So if you want to say Helu’s total is the third-highest since ’60 by a Redskins rookie back, go right ahead… . Jackson gained just 395 yards from scrimmage in his brief (1962-63) pro career… . Morris’ 45 carries against Cincinnati are the NFL record for a single game… . Thomas’ two big games came only 14 days apart… . Helu nearly made the list a second time. He racked up 146 yards from scrimmage (41 rushing, 105 receiving) three weeks ago versus the 49ers.

 

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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