Indianapolis Colts Football

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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