Running back TRENT RICHARDSON of the Cleveland Browns, running back VICK BALLARD of the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive back HARRISON SMITH of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 25-29, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
A closer look at the finalists:
Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts. Ballard had 55 yards on 12 carries as well as scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 16-yard screen pass to beat the Tennessee Titans 19-13.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts. Luck completed 26 of 38 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown in the air as the Colts beat the Titans 19-13.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin carried the ball 29 times for 135 yards and scored one touchdown on the ground while tallying three receptions for 79 yards and another score in the Buccaneers' 36-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings. Smith recorded 13 total tackles as the Vikings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 36-17.