Indianapolis Colts Football

Harrison Smith

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 28, 2012 – 12:06 pm

Kevin Bowen

27 February 2012

            In being named a Notre Dame captain before the start of the 2011 season, Harrison Smith became just the fourth player in the last 40 years of Fighting Irish football to be chosen as the team’s only captain for a season.

Smith wrapped up a decorated career on the defensive side of the football for the Irish where he started 47 of 51 career games.

During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Smith played as an outside linebacker before moving back to his more natural position of safety in his final two years.

In playing both positions Smith feels he has the ability to defend tight ends in pass coverage and he showed it by finishing his career second in Notre Dame history with 28 career pass breakups.

“That’s something that I think I’m good at, and that I can bring to teams, is the ability to cover tight ends man-to-man,” Smith said. “It’s something I did throughout my career. In practice I got to go against Kyle Rudolph, who was a high draft pick last year. This past year I went against Tyler Eifert, and he’ll be picked next year. So just being around good competition and going up against it every day in practice.”

Having to make the switch from linebacker to safety could benefit Smith in the long run as he has the experience at two different units on a defense.

“I think I’m a versatile player,” Smith said. “And on top of that, I’m a guy who’s going to be able to get the defense lined up, recognize formations, make checks and just communicate the defense.”


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Jewel Hampton

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 27, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Kevin Bowen
27 February 2012

Jewel Hampton has fond memories of playing in Indianapolis Colts stadiums.

The Warren Central High School product won three state championships (2004-2006) at the RCA Dome including starting at running back during his junior season.

The Indianapolis native returns home this week to participate in the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“This was being built when I was a senior (at Warren),” Hampton said. “I’m privileged to be here because some great guys came through here and hopefully in my life I will be great,” Hampton said.

Hampton wrapped up his college career at Southern Illinois University this past season and rushed for a league best 17 touchdowns while averaging 101.7 yards per game.

Behind a staple of running backs at Warren Central, including current Colts running back Darren Evans, Hampton emerged in his final two seasons and started his career at the University of Iowa setting a freshman record with seven rushing touchdowns.

He battled injuries over the next few seasons and eventually transferred to Southern Illinois.

“I definitely needed a fresh start especially after being hurt two seasons in a row,” Hampton said. “I had a full healthy season so I’m definitely glad with the decision that I made. It’s unfortunate that (the injuries) happened in my career, but I definitely have to be resilient because this is my passion and this is what I want to do in my life.”


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Jonas Gray

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:13 am

Kevin Bowen
27 February 2012

When asked what Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray can bring to an NFL team his answer was quick and to the point—‘toughness.’

At 230 pounds, the 5-foot-9-inch Gray brought a power mentality to the backfield in South Bend and that is something he hopes will translate to the next level.

“I bring a mentality that I’m going to get the tough yards, the hard-earned yards,” Gray said.

Gray’s senior season came to an abrupt end in the second to last game of the regular season with a knee injury.

The Pontiac, Michigan native had 12 touchdowns during his senior season including averaging an impressive 6.9 yards per carry.

The knee injury has forced Gray to not participate in the running drills at this week’s combine but that hasn’t stopped him from letting potential suitors know how he can help the team.

“I’m going to be an asset on and off the field,” Gray said. “I think that’s (leadership) something I can bring to teams.”


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Michael Floyd

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:13 am

Kevin Bowen
24 February 2012

Michael Floyd isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

 

The former Notre Dame wide receiver returned to South Bend for his senior season in

hopes of becoming a more ‘all-around’ wide receiver.

 

Part of that process was becoming a better blocker and Floyd helped contribute to Notre Dame’s top two running backs rushing for 1,893 yards and both averaging over five yards per carry in 2011.

 

“I wanted to be an all-around wide receiver,” Floyd said. “A lot of people say receivers don’t like to block, and I wanted to put that into my whole arsenal. You never know when a running back can bust out of a hole and make big plays so you have to make sure you’re covered up.”

 

Blocking wasn’t the only thing Floyd excelled in this past season as he set a school record with 29 touchdowns over his four-year career.

 

A physical wide receiver at 6-foot-2-inches and 220 pounds, Floyd kept with the same theme of what type of receiver he wants to be at the next level.

 

“I think it’s being the all-around wide receiver,” Floyd said. “I think I have other capabilities, not saying there isn’t stuff that I’m not the best at which I need to improve on, just making sure that I have all of it in my arsenal and I’m ready to learn.”


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NFL Combine: Carson Wiggs

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 24, 2012 – 4:18 pm

Representing the only player from Indiana or Purdue University at this week’s NFL Combine, Boilermakers kicker Carson Wiggs is taking a brief break from his second semester senior year to pursue the next level.

With 12 hours left to graduate, Wiggs is hoping to write the next chapter of his life on the NFL gridiron.

“Senior year (of high school) when I was getting recruited, I realized football was working out for me and I had a chance at the college level,” Wiggs said. “The NFL crept into the back of my mind and it got bigger every day.”

That chance has turned into a reality as Wiggs finished his four-year career at Purdue as the program’s all-team leading field goal kicker percentage wise.

Wiggs has one of the strongest legs of any kicker eligible for the draft and kicked a 67-yarder during Purdue’s Spring Game in 2011.

The 67-yard field goal would have tied an NCAA record and the Texas native would go on to make his final nine field goals of his 2011 season.

One of the unique aspects that Wiggs brings with him to this week’s combine is he spent time as a kicker and a punter at Purdue.

“I always sit down at the table and hear, ‘Oh, we get a dual threat guy’ which is good for me to hear that they are actually noticing that,” Wiggs said. “If I do make a team, I can step in, and if the punter gets hurt, I can step in and get it done.”

Still two months away from the NFL Draft, Wiggs said he is hearing that he could be a seventh round pick but just the opportunity to have his name called is an accomplishment in itself.

“It just blows my mind that I could get drafted,” Wiggs said. “Watching those guys in New York get drafted, obviously I’m not going to be there, but just seeing that kind of situation that I have a chance to be in similar shoes that they are is very exciting.”

Kevin Bowen
24 February 2012


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS COMPLETE COACHING STAFF WITH ADDITIONS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 14, 2012 – 4:34 pm

Chuck Pagano – Head Coach

Bruce Arians – Offensive Coordinator

Greg Manusky – Defensive Coordinator

Harold Goodwin – Offensive Line

Joe Gilbert – Asst. Offensive Line

Charlie Williams – WRs

Alfredo Roberts – TEs

Gary Emanuel – Defensive Line

Jeff FitzGerald – LBs

Mike Gillhamer – Secondary

Roy Anderson – Secondary/Safeties

Marwan Maalouf – Special Teams

Brant Boyer – Asst. Special Teams

Roger Marandino –  Strength and Conditioning

Frank Giufre – Quality Control Offense

Brad White – Quality Control Defense

Be sure to check Colts.com in the coming hours for full bios, pictures, and more!


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Misguided Fans, in Their Effort to Save Peyton, Disrespects Andrew Luck

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 8, 2012 – 8:44 am

Every week Colts.com features a blog written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by UndecidedFrog

 

A website is selling t-shirts that proudly states:

“Who needs Luck when we have Manning” in bold white lettering on a Colts-Blue background.

I was wondering if this is the message that Indianapolis Colts fans want to send to a highly-rated draft QB prospect that the team is considering as a candidate for their number 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. How should Andrew Luck react to such a sentiment? Should he make himself available to be drafted by a team whose fans feel that he is not needed? Should he consider providing the Colts with an Eli-Manning-like statement similar to how one highly-rated Stanford QB once did? How could any of this be in the best interests of the Colts?

Maybe a better question to ask these Colts fans is: Why do you think that Peyton Manning’s nerve can be regenerated faster/better by disrespecting a draft prospect being considered by the Colts? If the Colts end up drafting Mr. Luck, is this the kind of welcome reception that the Colts fans would be proud to provide?

Peyton Manning’s nerve will or will not regenerate to the point where he can throw like the pre-injury Peyton Manning. Drafting Andrew Luck will have nothing to do with that.

I think it is time to stop the histrionics. We should recognize that our emotions are running away from us, and that cooler heads need to prevail. Otherwise the resultant damage may be incalculable. Shame on us.


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Indiana Connections

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 6, 2012 – 2:39 pm

6 February 2012

Kevin Bowen

Colts.com takes a look back at the games of the players with Indiana connections at Super Bowl XLVI.

New York Giants

James Brewer-The rookie offensive tackle from Indiana University was inactive for Sunday’s game.

Mathias Kiwanuka-The Indianapolis native finally tasted the playing field during a Super Bowl after missing the Giants 17-14 victory over the Patriots back in 2008. Kiwanuka attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis before moving on to Boston College University.

-“It’s a great city and then to have everybody talking so great about Indianapolis, hospitality, organization, all that kind of stuff is amazing,” Kiwanuka said after the game.

Justin Tuck-The Notre Dame product made his presence felt on his first snap of the game by pressuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in route to a safety. It was just the seventh safety in Super Bowl history. Tuck had both of the Giants sacks on Sunday night including one on the game’s final drive.

Steve Weatherford-For the Terre Haute native, it was definitely a week and game to remember. Three of Weatherford’s four punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, which is a Super Bowl record.

-“I can’t wait to share the rest of this with everybody back home,” Weatherford said. “This is so special, especially to do it back here.”

New England Patriots

Sergio Brown-The second year safety out of Notre Dame played on all four special teams units for the Patriots and did not record a tackle.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis-The former Indiana University running back was a key cog on two of the Patriots scoring drives. On the Patriots opening scoring drive, Green-Ellis carried the ball three times and had a catch for seven yards. To start the second half, once again Green-Ellis was productive with an eight-yard grab and a 17-yard run, the longest of the evening for the Patriots. He finished the game with seven carries for 37 yards and two catches for 15 yards.

Matt Light-The Purdue University (1996-2000) left tackle started his fourth Super Bowl blocking the blindside for quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday.

Niko Koutouvides-Playing in his second Super Bowl (Seattle in 2006), Koutouvides did not record a tackle in special teams appearances. The Patriots linebacker played his college football at Purdue University from 2000-2003.

Rob Ninkovich-Playing on the defensive line for a majority of the game, the former Purdue linebacker (2004-2006) had four tackles and a half sack. His half sack came late in the third quarter on a 3rd and 8, which forced a Giants field goal.


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Madonna

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 5, 2012 – 8:44 pm

 

Kevin Bowen

As the Giants and Patriots headed to the locker room at halftime in a one-point game, the two teams cleared the field for Academy Award winning singer Madonna to take the stage for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance.

Under dimmed lights at Lucas Oil Stadium, Madonna and a group of dancers dazzled the crowd during halftime.

Madonna wasn’t alone in the act as throughout the show other musical artists including Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj took their turn singing with the 53-year old native of Michigan.

Support staff worked frantically to set up the stage and surroundings for Madonna’s performance.

The 31-minute halftime is more than double the time of a normal halftime during the regular season of 12 minutes.

The final song Madonna performed before the crowd was ‘Like a Prayer’ with the words ‘World Peace’ spelled out at the conclusion of the song.



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Super Bowl Parties

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:33 pm

 

                    Kevin Bowen

5 February 2012

With Super Bowl week nearing an end, the last few parties before the main event took place Sunday afternoon at the Indiana Convention Center.

NBC Sports hosted a party for various advertising clines and other friends of the company in the SagamoreBallroom.

Live music accompanied those attending the party, which was held in the largest ballroom in the state of Indiana.

Along with all the food and drinks one could imagine, guests also could entertain themselves by playing foosball, ping-pong and pop-a-shot basketball in the lobby area.

The largest gathering place in the Convention Center on Sunday was the Super Bowl XLVI Tailgate 2012 party.

A handful of exhibit halls were decorated for thousands of fans with tailgate passes and game tickets.

The party included chances to have your picture taken with the Lombardi Trophy, observe past Super Bowl rings and mimic walking across the stage at a mock NFL Draft.

Fans were decked out in their Giants and Patriots gear and toured the different rooms while getting a taste of some NFL history in the exhibits.

Once again live music was a big hit at the party as The Fray performed in front of the crowd.

The Indiana Convention Center also housed the Game Day Fan Plaza that was open to ticket holders and was held in the tented area that was previously for the NFL Experience during the week.


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