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Bucs running back Martin finalist for NFL rookie award

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:16 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was named Friday as one of the five finalists for the 2012 NFL Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year award.

In addition to Martin, who broke Bucs rookie records for rushing yards (1,454) and all-purpose yards (1,926) in a season, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Redskins running back Alfred Morris and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson were nominated as finalists.

Martin finished the season ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing with 1,454 yards and scored 11 rushing touchdowns. His 1,926 yards from scrimmage were the third most for a rookie running back behind Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James, both of whom eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark as rookies.

Fans can vote for one of the five finalists at" name="web"> through 9 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 29 to determine the 2012 Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Year.