Roy Helu

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Roy Helu
Roy helu 2014.jpg
Helu with the Redskins in 2014.
No. 29     Washington Redskins
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-07) December 7, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Danville, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Danville (CA) San Ramon Valley
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
Debuted in 2011 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2010; Coaches, KC Star, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com in 2009)
  • Third-Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele in 2010)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP, 2009 and 2010; Coaches in 2009)
  • Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • Rivals.com National Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30 vs. Missouri)
  • Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List (1 of 60)
  • Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • School Record Single-Game Rushing Yards (307 vs. Missouri, Oct. 30)
  • Nebraska Offensive MVP (2009 and 2010)
  • 2010 Team Captain
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)
  • Washington Redskins Franchise Record of Most Receptions in a Game (2011–present)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2014
Rushing yards 1,090
Rushing TDs 7
Receptions 125
Receiving yards 1,111
Receiving TDs 3
Stats at NFL.com

Roy Ziegler Helu, Jr. (born December 7, 1988) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Redskins. He played college football for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

On November 6, 2011, in a game against the 49ers, Helu set the Redskins' franchise record of most receptions in single game with 14 catches.[1]

High school career[edit]

As a high school football player at San Ramon Valley High School, Helu was a successful running back and return man, who also played some free safety.

In his junior year at San Ramon Valley Helu ran for 1,526 yards rushing and scored 19 touchdowns on 186 carries, and averaged 8.6 yards per carry. He also had 30 receptions for 500 yards receiving and four touchdowns, which earned him All-East Bay League honors.

During Helu's senior year, he helped San Ramon Valley to a 10–2 record in 2006. He finished his senior year with 1,085 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. He had 300 yards receiving on 20 receptions and 1 touchdown, and also recorded one interception as a free safety. He earned first-team all-league honors his senior year as a running back.[2]

College career[edit]

Helu lines up at the Kansas game in 2010.

Despite fighting injuries, Helu rushed for over 1,000 yards each of his last two years at Nebraska. He is 4th on the Huskers all time rushing list, and broke Nebraska's single-game rushing record by rushing for 307 yards and scoring three touchdowns vs. Missouri on October 30, 2010. He is known for his one-cut running style and hurdling ability.

College Stats[edit]

Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards Average TDs
2007 Nebraska 45 209 4.6 0 5 40 8.0 0
2008 Nebraska 125 803 6.4 7 25 266 10.6 0
2009 Nebraska 220 1,147 5.2 10 19 149 7.8 0
2010 Nebraska 188 1,245 6.6 11 5 46 9.2 0
College Totals 578 3,404 5.9 28 54 501 9.3 0

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 219 lb 3138 in 1014 in 4.40 s 1.51 s 2.52 s 4.01 s 6.67 s 36.5 in 9 ft 11 in 11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2011 Season[edit]

Helu was selected 105th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins; eight running backs were selected ahead of Helu. He would later be joined by Nebraska teammates, DeJon Gomes and Niles Paul, who were drafted after him. On November 6, 2011 in his first career start, Helu broke the Redskins all-time record for receptions in a game with 14 catches, in a loss against the San Francisco 49ers.[5] The following two weeks, in losses to Miami and Dallas, Helu had a combined 14 rushes and 5 receptions as Coach Mike Shanahan split running back duties between Helu and Ryan Torain. Coach Shanahan said, “I like Helu, he’s doing some great things. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him too early. He’s not ready for that. But he’s gaining experience, and I like what I see.”[6]

On November 27, 2011, Helu rushed for a Redskins rookie-record 108 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks' top-ten ranked run defense.[7] While running for a touchdown, he hurdled Seahawks cornerback, Roy Lewis. He was then named the full-time starter by Coach Shanahan,[8] and responded with two consecutive 100 yard performances. Following his 126 yard performance against the New England Patriots, Helu led all active rookies in rush yards.[9] His streak of three consecutive 100 yard games is the most by any Redskins rookie in franchise history; a record he was unable to extend to four games due to an injury he sustained.[10] At the end of the 2011 NFL season, Helu was Redskins' leader in rushing yards.[11] On January 16, 2012, Helu along with fellow rookie, Ryan Kerrigan, were named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team.[12]

2012 Season[edit]

Helu at Redskins 2012 training camp.

After the NFL changed the rule in 2012 to allow players' jerseys to include generational titles in their names, Helu adopted "Jr." to the back of his jersey.[13] He was expected to compete for the starting spot in the 2012 season against Tim Hightower and Evan Royster,[14] but ended up losing the competition to rookie Alfred Morris. His second season was cut short after being placed on injured reserve on September 26, 2012 due to lower leg injuries and turf toe.[15][16] He finished the season with two rushing yards and 45 receiving yards on seven receptions.

2013 Season[edit]

Helu returned from injury and secured his place as the second string running back behind Morris during the 2013 preseason.[17] In the 45-41 Week 7 win against the Chicago Bears, he recorded his first multi-scoring game, recording three touchdowns.[18][19]

2014 Season[edit]

In 2014, Helu had almost no competition for the second-string running back job, and won it easily over fellow running backs Silas Redd, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, and Lache Seastrunk.

Personal[edit]

Helu (pronounced HEH-loo) was born to Roy Helu, Sr. and Kilistofa (Kristi) Helu on December 7, 1988 in Danville, California.[20] His father played rugby for the United States national team from 1981 to 1987, including playing in the 1987 Rugby World Cup. He is married to retired professional volleyball player and fellow Nebraska Cornhusker alum, Dani Mancuso.[21][22]

Helu is of Tongan descent. He is a devout Christian.[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gore leads 49ers past Redskins 19-11". CNN. 
  2. ^ Roy Helu - Huskers.com - High School Career
  3. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  4. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  5. ^ Svrluga, Barry (November 6, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ Maese, Rick (November 22, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (November 28, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (November 29, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ Maese, Rick (December 14, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  10. ^ Jones, Mike (December 19, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  11. ^ "Roster Review: Running Backs". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Helu, Kerrigan voted to All-Rookie team". CSNWashington.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  13. ^ Walker, Andrew (May 10, 2012). "New Jerseys Mean Old Name For Helu Jr.". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  14. ^ Tinsman, Brian (July 26, 2012). "Shanahan: Running Back Competition Open". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  15. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 26, 2012). "Redskins Sign Grant, Place Helu Jr. On IR". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  16. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (September 26, 2012). "Redskins sign Ryan Grant, send Roy Helu to I.R.". NFL.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  17. ^ Maske, Mark (August 28, 2013). "Helu has secured roster spot behind Morris at tailback". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  18. ^ Tinsman, Brian (October 21, 2013). "Redskins-Bears Monday Stats Pack". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  19. ^ McNally, Brian (October 20, 2013). "Redskins edge Bears on Roy Helu’s third TD of day". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  20. ^ Roy Helu - Huskers.com - Personal
  21. ^ O'Connor, Michael (May 1, 2012). "Ex-Huskers found love after leap of faith". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  22. ^ Dani Mancuso Nebraska Cornhusker bio
  23. ^ "For Roy Helu Jr., Football is All about Focus, Perspective and Humility". Huskers.com. November 5, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  24. ^ Huskers For Christ – Roy Helu

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