Roy Helu has finally passed Tim Hightower in rushing yardage to become the team’s leader.
Hightower had 321 yards on the ground when he went down with a knee injury in the team’s sixth game against Carolina. He remained team’s leading rusher from then until Sunday.
Helu went into the Seattle game with 248 yards rushing and he gained 108 yards to push his total up to 356 for the year, finally moving past Hightower into the team lead.
The rookie is on a pace to gain about 520 yards this year, although his total will almost certainly go higher than that since Mike Shanahan has named him as the starter. Prior to last Sunday, Helu averaged about five rushing attempts per game. He should tote to rock 15-20 times per game from here on out.
If he maintains his average of 4.8 yards per carry he could gain about 400 more yards in the remaining five games. That would give him about 750 for the year. Ryan Torain led the Redskins in rushing last year with 742 yards.
If Helu does end up leading the Redskins in rushing for the season he would be the first rookie to do so since Reggie Brooks in 1993.