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Baltimore Ravens running back Buck Allen nominated for Pepsi Rookie of the Week

The rookie running back was an important player in the Ravens upset win over the Steelers in week 16

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Ravens rookie running back Javorius Allen has been the biggest contributor from the 2015 draft class, a surprise considering top 2 picks Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams were expected to be important contributors to the team this season. Perriman never saw the field, and Williams has had a solid rookie season for a tight end, a position which generally features a steep learning curve for rookies. The Ravens have received contributions from mid rounders like defensive lineman Carl Davis, tight end Nick Boyle and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, but since the season ending injury to starter Justin Forsett, Buck Allen has been one of the most important players for the Ravens.

Allen has had several good weeks for the Ravens, both as a rusher and as a receiver out of the backfield. His totals of 478 rushing yards, 321 receiving yards on 39 receptions, and 3 touchdowns, most of which came over the past six weeks are quite impressive. Allen's most impressive game was against the Miami Dolphins, where he tallied 170 total yards and a receiving touchdown, but this week's also impressive performance is the one that has him nominated for an honor:

Facing a Steelers team known to be tough against the run, and coming off of back to back games with lost fumbles which landed him in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse, Allen had 79 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, and caught all 5 of his targets for 35 yards through the air.

Allen is going up against Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith, Chicago Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, and Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Tarpley for the honor.
The results of the vote will be announced on Friday.