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Colts Bye Week Rewind: Rookie Watch

*INDIANAPOLIS — *With the bye week upon us, we take a look back at the first 10 weeks of the season for the Indianapolis Colts, continuing with a comprehensive look at how the team’s rookies have performed to this point.

*• Tarell Basham, outside linebacker: *Basham, the team’s third-round pick out of Ohio University, has played in nine games so far, and has collected three tackles (one for a loss) and two quarterback hits on the year, as well as his first-career sack, which came Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he brought down quarterback Andy Dalton for a 14-yard loss.

*• Darrell Daniels, tight end: *Daniels, who went undrated out of Washington, has played in all 10 games this season with the Colts, and had his first-career start Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks. He has caught three passes for 26 yards, including a career-best 13-yard reception in the Colts’ Week 5 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Daniels has also contributed two tackles on special teams.

*• Jermaine Grace, inside linebacker: *Grace was just claimed off waivers by the Colts from the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday. He played in five games with the Falcons this season. He was a three-year letterman at Miami University, where he recorded 147 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 37 games, with 10 starts, for the Hurricanes.

*• Nate Hairston, cornerback: *Hairston has thrived in his role as the Colts’ primary nickel cornerback, playing in nine of the team’s 10 games so far, and earning his first-career start Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. Hairston, the Colts’ fifth-round pick out of Temple, has 23 tackles (two for a loss) on the season with three passes defensed and three quarterback hits, and he’s tied for the league lead among cornerbacks with two sacks on the year.

*• Kyle Kalis, guard: *Kalis, who went undrafted out of Michigan, was signed by the Colts off the Washington Redskins’ practice squad on Oct. 2. Since that time, he has played in four games in Indianapolis and has started its last two at right guard. In all, Kalis has played 149 offensive snaps so far, as well as 17 snaps with the special teams units.

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• Marlon Mack, running back: **Mack, the Colts’ fourth-round pick out of South Florida, has emerged as the Colts’ second running back behind starter Frank Gore, and has shown several flashes of brilliance throughout the season. In eight games, he has ran the ball 59 times for 219 yards (3.7 yards per carry) with two touchdowns, and he has also caught 12 passes for 129 yards and another score. Included in his carries are runs of 35, 24 and 22 yards, respectively, and he also has a 34-yard reception, as well as a 24-yard touchdown catch on a screen play against the Bengals.

*• Kenny Moore II, cornerback: *Moore, who went undrafted out of Valdosta State, has been a special teams standout for the Colts this season, as his 234 special teams snaps — 77 percent of the Colts’ special teams snaps in all — leads all Indianapolis players. In 10 games, he leads the Colts with seven special teams tackles, while he has a tackle for the defense, as well.

*• Rigoberto Sanchez, punter: *Sanchez has been very solid in his first season as the Colts’ punter and kickoff specialist. Sanchez, who went undrafted out of Hawaii, has punted 57 times for 2,600 yards — an average of 45.6 yards per punt — and has a net punting average of 43.2 yards per punt. He ranks seven in the NFL in net punting average, while his 20 punts inside the 20-yard line ranks tied for fifth in the league. The Colts this season also allow just 18.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranks fourth in the league, while Sanchez’s punts are returned for an average of just 5.4 yards per kick, which ranks eighth.

*• Grover Stewart, defensive tackle: *Stewart, the Colts’ other fourth-round selection out of Albany State, has been a key to the depth of the team’s defensive line this season. In nine games, Stewart has collected nine tackles (one for a loss), and he has played in 112 defensive snaps and 40 special teams snaps as he develops behind a veteran defensive front.

*• Anthony Walker, inside linebacker: *Walker, the Colts’ other fifth-round selection out of Northwestern, has seen action in four games this season as he’s worked his way through a nagging hamstring injury. A special teams-only contributor to this point of his rookie season, Walker — who played consecutive games in Week 9 and 10 for the first time all year — has two special teams tackles so far.

*• Quincy Wilson, cornerback: *Wilson, the Colts’ second-round pick out of Florida, was active last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since starting at cornerback Week 2 against the Cardinals, when he suffered a knee injury. He enters the bye week with three tackles and two passes defensed.

Rookies on Injured Reserve:• Deyshawn Bond, center: Bond, who went undrafted out of Cincinnati, started the first four games of the season at center for the Colts in place of the injured Ryan Kelly, and became just the fifth undrafted NFL rookie since 2001 to start at center in his team’s season opener. Bond was placed on IR on Oct. 3 after suffering a quad injury.

• Krishawn Hogan, wide receiver: Hogan — the first player from NAIA Marian University to play in an NFL game — played in two games this season (Week 4 against the Seahawks and Week 5 against the 49ers) and finished with one special teams tackle. He was placed on IR on Oct. 9 with a knee injury.

• Malik Hooker, safety: Hooker, the Colts’ first-round pick out of Ohio State, had a promising start to his career in Indy, as he played in seven games, starting six, and finished with 21 tackles, four passes defensed and three interceptions; in fact, he picked off one pass in three consecutive games from Weeks 2-4 and became the first Colts rookie to intercept at least one pass in three straight games dating back to 1984 (Eugene Daniel; Weeks 13-15). Hooker was placed on IR on Oct. 24 with a knee injury.

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