The Indianapolis Colts today signed first-round draft pick wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
Dorsett, 5-10, 185 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the first round (29th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 45 games (30 starts) at the University of Miami and registered 121 receptions for 2,132 yards (17.6 avg.) and 17 touchdowns with a long catch of 79 yards which went for a touchdown. His 23.3 yards per catch average in his final two collegiate seasons was the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Dorsett also contributed on special teams and recorded 25 punt returns for 477 yards (19.1 avg.) and 25 punt returns for 136 yards (5.4 avg.) over his four-year Hurricane career.
He started all 13 games as a senior in 2014 and finished with 36 catches for 871 yards (24.2 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. His 24.2 yards per catch average ranked second in the nation as Dorsett garnered Second Team All-ACC honors for his efforts. In 2012, he played in all 12 games (10 starts) and led the team with 842 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 58 catches. His 21 plays of 25-plus yards ranked second on the team and he received Third Team All-ACC honors from Phil Steele.
The Colts have now signed six of their eight draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Chance Casey, undrafted free agent guard Will Corbin and waived-injured cornerback Josh Mitchell. If Mitchell clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.
Casey, 5-11, 190 pounds, originally signed with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Baylor in 2013. He played in four games (one start) in two seasons with the Raiders and registered seven tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed. Casey also spent time on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 2014.
Casey was a four-year starter at Baylor at defensive back. He played in 43 games (33 starts) and finished with 212 tackles, 21 passes defensed and three interceptions. Casey was a member of a senior class that played in three straight bowl games for the first time in school history and won back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1985-86. The dual-sport athlete earned All-Big 12 freshman honors in football and All-Big 12 honors as a hurdler for the Bears track team as a sophomore.
Corbin, 6-6, 305 pounds, worked out with the Colts on a tryout basis during Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp after going undrafted out of Appalachian State. He played in 35 games (20 starts) over his five years as a Mountaineer. Corbin began his collegiate career on the defensive line before making the transition to offensive line during his redshirt-freshman season.
Mitchell, 5-9, 173 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2015. He played in 47 games at Nebraska and finished with 104 tackles (79 solo), 3.0 sacks, three interceptions and 25 passes defensed.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived tackle Demarco Cox.
Cox, 6-8, 294 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as a free agent on March 19, 2015. He played four years of college basketball at Ole Miss (2010-14) before transferring to Georgia Tech (2014-15) for his final season of eligibility as a fifth-year graduate transfer. Last season, he averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while adding a team-high 28 blocked shots with the Yellow Jackets
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed kicker Taylor Pontius as an undrafted free agent.
Pontius, 5-11, 180 pounds, worked out with the Colts on a tryout basis during Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp after going undrafted out of North Alabama. He was named First Team All-Gulf South Conference in 2014 after converting 11-of-14 field goal attempts and 46-of-48 extra-point attempts. Pontius also led the team with 79 points and established a new school record when he connected on a 54-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Valdosta State, 31-29, in their regular season conference opener.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived wide receiver Josh Lenz.
Lenz spent a majority of the last two seasons on the Colts practice squad after signing with the team as a free agent on November 11, 2013. He was elevated to the active roster for the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoff game against New England, but did not play. Lenz signed a reserve/future contract with the team on January 19, 2015.
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Event Includes Appearance by Punter Pat McAfee
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will host their fifth annual Blue Evening event on Saturday, June 6, for members of their official female fan club, the Blue Ladies. The event, which will take place from 6-9 p.m., will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center (7001 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis). Proceeds generated from the event will benefit The Pat McAfee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship assistance to the sons and daughters of US Military Personnel to continue their education and become future leaders in their communities.
The evening is free for Blue Ladies members and will include a Q&A session with Colts Punter Pat McAfee, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres provided by Jonathan Byrd’s Catering and complimentary beer and wine courtesy of Zink Distributing and Southern Wine and Spirits. Throughout the night, Blue Ladies members will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the locker room and memorabilia room, and enjoy Colts themed manicures and massages courtesy of Tyler Mason Salon & Spa. In addition, attendees will be eligible to win more than $10,000 worth of amazing raffle prizes including a weekend Colts home game package and a stay at the Conrad Indianapolis.
Ladies who are not members of the Blue Ladies, but who are interested in attending the Blue Evening can register to become a member of the fan club at www.colts.com/blueladies prior to June 6 in order to be eligible to attend. Membership for the Blue Ladies is $75 for the first year and includes access to a variety of exclusive events, apparel and much more.
All current Blue Ladies members must RSVP in order to attend the event. To RSVP for the Blue Evening, members can log on to their Colts Members account at www.coltsmembers.com.
About the Blue Ladies Fan Club
The Blue Ladies fan club was designed with the female fan in mind and offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. Blue Ladies members will receive a personalized membership kit, monthly newsletters, invitations to attend private member-only events, volunteer opportunities and much more! Join the Blue Ladies today and meet new friends of all ages that share a common bond through their passion and enthusiasm for their favorite NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts! To learn more about the Blue Ladies or to join today, visit www.colts.com/blueladies.
The Blue Ladies is proudly presented by Circle Centre Mall.
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June 10 Event Presented by Speedway; Free to Public
INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, June 10, the Indianapolis Colts will host their annual Mini-Camp and Fan Open House, presented by Speedway, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will give fans the opportunity to watch the team practice and enjoy a variety of activities. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and fans will have access to the field, give-a-ways, discounted concessions and more. Practice is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: 2015 Colts Mini-Camp and Fan Open House
- On-Field Activities (2-4 p.m.)
- Discounted Concessions
- Appearances by Blue and Colts Cheerleaders
- Team Practice (5:30 p.m.)
- Register to Win
WHEN: Wednesday, June 10
2:00 p.m. – Doors Open, On-Field Activities
5:30 p.m. – Practice Begins
WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium (North and South Gates Only)
500 S. Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
PARKING: Free in the South Lot, while space is available
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Abou Toure as an undrafted free agent and waived outside linebacker Terrell Hartsfield.
Toure, 6-2, 230 pounds, worked out with the Colts on a tryout basis during Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp after going undrafted out of UT Martin. He rushed for 1,647 yards with 10 touchdowns in two seasons with the Skyhawks. In 2014, Toure posted the third-highest single-season rushing total in school history with 1,138 yards. He also contributed with eight total touchdowns and three multiple-touchdown performances on the ground. Before transferring to UT Martin, Toure spent time at Utah State (2012) and Dean Junior College in Massachusetts in 2011.
Hartsfield, 6-3, 246 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He recorded 61 tackles (35 solo), 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in two seasons with the Cincinnati Bearcats.
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The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with safety Clayton Geathers, defensive tackle David Parry, running back Josh Robinson, inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera and offensive tackle Denzelle Good.
Geathers, 6-2, 208 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started 52-of-53 games at Central Florida and registered 383 tackles (226 solo), 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 1.0 sack and 30 passes defensed. His 383 career tackles are the third most in school history and his 53 career games played are tied for a school record.
As a senior captain in 2014, Geathers finished with 97 tackles (58 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack. He was named a First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection and named the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back.
Parry, 6-2, 300 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He appeared in 40 games (23 starts) at Stanford and finished with 91 tackles (43 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
Parry had his most productive year as a senior in 2014 when he posted 34 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks and was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention for his production. He also excelled in the classroom and was a three-time member of the Pac-12 All-Academic Team, receiving first-team honors in 2014.
Robinson, 5-8, 217 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 37 games (13 starts) at Mississippi State and rushed for 1,997 yards on 323 carries with 15 touchdowns, adding 493 yards receiving and one score. His 6.2 yards per carry average tied for the school record.
In 2014, Robinson was a Second Team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and The Associated Press. He ranked third in the SEC in rushing yards (1,203, 34th in FBS) and rushing yards per game (92.5, 39th in FBS). Additionally, his 11 rushing touchdowns tied for first in the SEC.
Herrera, 6-1, 190 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started 43-of-54 games at Georgia and totaled 334 tackles (147 solo), 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 21 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.
As a senior in 2014, Herrera led the Bulldogs with 115 tackles (44 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception, one force fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. For his efforts he was named First Team Associated Press All-SEC as a team captain and was the recipient of the UGA Coaches’ Leadership Award.
Good, 6-5, 339 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (255th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started all 31 games on the offensive line over his three-year playing career at Mars Hill and did not allow a sack. Good was named First Team All-SAC choice in 2013 and 2014. He originally started his collegiate career at N.C. State as a freshman in 2010 before transferring to Mars Hill.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents, including, quarterback Bryan Bennett, wide receiver Quan Bray, cornerback Donald Celiscar, linebacker Cody Galea, linebacker Terrell Hartsfield, linebacker Zachary Hodges, cornerback Joshua Mitchell, wide receiver Ezell Ruffin, cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz, tight end Jean Sifrin, tight end Justin Sinz, safety Robert Smith, linebacker Junior Sylvestre, running back Tyler Varga and center Brandon Vitabile.
Bennett, 6-2, 211 pounds, played in 27 games (27 starts) at Southeastern Louisiana, throwing for 5,522 yards with 39 touchdowns in two seasons as the starting quarterback. He also rushed for 1,715 yards and 31 touchdowns in his career for the Lions. Bennett ran for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns his junior season en route to being named Southland Conference Player of the Year. He accounted for 4,211 yards of total offense and 37 touchdowns that season. Prior to Southeastern Louisiana, Bennett spent two seasons at Oregon, backing up Darron Thomas in 2011 and Marcus Mariota in 2012. He played in 18 games for the Ducks and posted 580 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 365 rushing yards with six touchdowns.
Bray, 5-10, 195 pounds, finished his career at Auburn with 90 receptions for 849 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks third in school history in punt return average (10.09) among players with at least 50 returns and eighth in punt return yardage (565). As a senior in 2014, he finished second in the nation in punt returns (18.1) and was a Second Team All-SEC selection as a return specialist, voted by the league’s coaches. Bray became the first player in Auburn history to score a rushing, receiving and punt return touchdown in the same season.
Celiscar, 5-11, 183 pounds, totaled 247 tackles, 10 interceptions and 55 passes defensed in his career at Western Michigan. Along with teammate Ronald Zamort, the two led the nation in passes defensed per game (1.6) in 2014. As a senior, Celiscar earned First Team All-MAC honors after finishing the year with 17 passes defensed and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. On one occasion each in 2013 and 2014, he was selected as the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week.
Galea, 6-3, 255 pounds, totaled 114 tackles (68 solo), 7.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one pass defensed at San Diego State. He finished his collegiate career with 35 consecutive starts and assisted a SDSU defense that concluded the 2014 season ranked 16th nationally in total defense. Last season, Galea established career highs with 50 tackles (34 solo), 3.0 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Hartsfield, 6-3, 246 pounds, recorded 61 tackles (35 solo), 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and three passes defensed in two seasons with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Last season, he led the American Athletic Conference and ranked in the Top 25 in the FBS with 9.0 sacks. He added 12 tackles for loss en route to First Team All-AAC honors. Hartsfield helped the Bearcats close the 2014 regular season with seven consecutive wins. Prior to his tenure at Cincinnati, he started at Hargrave Military Academy followed by Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Hodges, 6-3, 235 pounds, compiled 26.0 sacks and 41 tackles for loss at Harvard and was a three-time First Team All-Ivy League selection (2012-14). As a senior, he tallied 8.5 sacks and was invited to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl. That season, Hodges was named co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as earning Second Team Associated Press FCS All-America honors. In 2013, he earned the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 40 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He led the conference in sacks, was second in tackles for loss and ranked fifth in the nation with four forced fumbles.
Mitchell, 5-9, 173 pounds, played in 47 games (28 starts) at Nebraska, finishing his career with 104 tackles (79 solo), 3.0 sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. As a senior, he earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches and the media after a standout year in which he made 39 tackles (33 solo), 2.0 sacks, 13 passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery, which he returned 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami. Mitchell’s 25 career passes defensed rank eighth in Nebraska school history. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Ruffin, 6-0, 218 pounds, played in 32 games in three seasons at San Diego State. He caught 111 passes for 1,877 yards (16.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. Ruffin was limited by injury his senior year and played in just seven games, catching 26 passes for 422 yards (16.2 avg.) and two touchdowns. The best season of his collegiate career came in 2013, when he totaled 68 receptions for 1,136 yards (16.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. Ruffin’s 87.4 receiving yards per game average ranked No. 29 in the nation. He was an All-Mountain West honorable mention pick for his performances that season.
Shabazz, 6-0, 200 pounds, played in 47 games in four seasons at West Chester University, compiling 151 tackles (100 solo), nine interceptions, 5.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick and 32 passes defensed. In 2014, his 15 passes defensed set a new single-season career-high and his four interceptions tied a single-season career-high. Shabazz also had two interception returns for touchdowns in college, including a 76-yard pick six his junior season in 2013.
Sifrin, 6-5, 245 pounds, played in 11 games (nine starts) in one season at the University of Massachusetts. He caught 42 passes for 642 yards (15.3 avg.) and six touchdowns en route to being named an All-MAC first-team tight end. Sifrin finished second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He set career highs for receptions (eight) against Bowling Green and receiving yards (185) at Toledo. Prior to his season at UMass, Sifrin played one year at El Camino Junior College and had 18 catches for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
Sinz, 6-4, 249 pounds, finished his career at Purdue with 80 receptions for 670 yards (8.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in four consecutive years from 2011-14. As a senior in 2014, Sinz caught 32 passes for 257 yards and two scores. His best year came as a junior when he caught a team-high 41 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns, which also led the team. Sinz ended his collegiate career having caught at least one pass in his last 24 games played. He is a native of Edgar, Wisconsin and was the Wisconsin Player of the Year as a senior at Edgar High School.
Smith, 5-10, 204 pounds, played in 53 games in four years at Clemson, making 11 starts. He tallied 182 tackles, 1.0 sack, six tackles for loss, four interceptions, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed for the Tigers. Smith finished his career tied for fourth in school history for games played. He started 12-of-13 games his senior season and had a single season career-high in tackles with 80 to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries. Smith earned All-ACC honorable mention honors from both the league’s coaches and the media in 2014. He also was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
Sylvestre, 6-0, 222 pounds, was a First Team All-MAC selection following his junior and senior seasons at Toledo. He ended his career with 286 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and eight passes defensed. In 2014, Sylvestre assisted the Rockets in ranking first in the conference and 14th in the nation in rush defense, giving up only 3.5 yards per carry and 116 yards per game.
Varga, 5-11, 222 pounds, was a three-time All-Ivy honoree and finished his collegiate career at Yale ranked fourth in rushing yards (2,985), fifth in attempts (529), third in rushing touchdowns (31) and second in yards per carry average (5.6). He had 17 games with 100-plus rushing yards in college and three games over 200 yards. Varga was a First Team All-Ivy selection his senior season after rushing for 1,423 yards and 26 total touchdowns, which is a Yale school record. He also averaged 6.1 yards per carry and 142 yards per game. Varga served as a captain of the North squad at the 2015 Senior Bowl, where he rushed for two touchdowns.
Vitabile, 6-3, 310 pounds, started all 50 games he played in during his four years at Northwestern. He was a two-time team captain and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors twice. In 2014, Vitabile helped running back Justin Jackson rush for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also a Rimington Trophy candidate, which is given to the nation’s top center annually. In 2013, Vitabile helped the Wildcats average 172.4 rushing yards per game. He was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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