T.Y. Hilton: A Closer Look at the Colts' Rising Wide Receiver

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T.Y. Hilton: A Closer Look at the Colts' Rising Wide Receiver
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The Indianapolis Colts have been the surprise team in the NFL this year.  After going 2-14 last season, they are now at 8-4 and looking to secure a spot in the playoffs.  

Andrew Luck is looking to lead his team to a winning season that seemed nearly impossible a year ago.  With the help of veterans, including Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, the Colts are liking their chances.

Along with these veterans, there have been some surprising players that have emerged as well.  One player that has impressed people in particular is T.Y. Hilton.

Hilton was drafted in the third-round of this year's draft by the Colts.  He was selected 92nd overall out of Florida International University.  

His awards in college included 2008 Sun Belt Freshman Player of the Year, 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP, and the 2010 Sun Belt Player of the Year.

Hilton's first big game this year was against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Hilton caught four balls for 113 yards, including a 40 yard touchdown.  People learned his name and noticed his creative touchdown celebration.

After a few quieter weeks, Hilton has played big again recently.  In the past three games, he has had 15 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns.  Perhaps his biggest play during that span was against the Buffalo Bills, where he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, the Colts' first special teams touchdown since 2009.

Hilton has become one of the more appealing targets to Luck recently.  His incredible speed has helped him get past defenders, and has made him a deep threat against most defenses.

As Wayne begins to age, the Colts will need someone who can take his role and become a reliable receiver.  While Hilton has not shown the consistency of Wayne, he is still developing as a wide receiver.  

If Hilton can continue to improve, he may have a chance to become the main target on the Colts' offense once Wayne departs.

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