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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Redskins rookie Roy Helu rushes for 100 yards in back-to-back games

(Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu reached the 100-yard mark and scored a touchdown for the second consecutive week as he carried the ball 23 times against the New York Jets.

By following last week’s 108-yard day against the Seattle Seahawks with the 100-yard performance against the Jets, Helu became the first Redskins rookie in 18 years to hit the century mark in back-to-back games.

The last Redskins rookie running back to do so was Reggie Brooks, who rushed for at least 100 yards in Weeks 10 and 11 of 1993.

Helu opened Sunday’s game by gaining 15-yards on his first touch: a pitch from Rex Grossman. He capped the same 82-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. In the first half, Helu gained 63 yards on 11 carries for an average of 5.7 yards a carry.

His production waned in the second half, when he gained 37 yards on 12 carries.

“I thought Helu started out exceptionally, and at the end we were just pretty average,” Coach Mike Shanahan said.

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