Indianapolis Colts Football


Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2012 – 5:21 pm

On a day when 13 different players caught a pass from Colts quarterbacks, one couldn’t help but be impressed with the young skill players at the receiver position.

Rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill tied for the team lead with three catches apiece on the afternoon.

“It felt great to come out there and compete not only with your teammates, but against other players,” Brazill said. “I felt comfortable, it was fun out there.”Brazill made three pretty impressive catches all for first downs against the Rams and was the Colts kick returner.

The ability to get the ball in the hands of Brazill and Hilton has been emphasized all through training camp.

Along with his own three catches, including a spectacular sideline grab for a first down, Hilton also returned punts and even had one carry for nine yards.

“(Brazill and Hilton) are going to be really good. You saw it today. LaVon’s got some unbelievable speed. T.Y.’s got some shiftiness,” quarterback Chandler Harnish said. “They love to learn and work. They’re just good people that are fun to be around. I expect those guys to have some great, great careers.”

Harnish has seen the talent of his fellow rookies since they were drafted back in April.

In working through minicamps and now into training camp, Harnish has developed a solid rapport with many of the Colts young receivers and that showed on Sunday.

Early in the fourth quarter, Harnish threw a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass right into the arms of wide receiver Jeremy Ross to make the score 35-3.

Ross spent a majority of his rookie season in the NFL on the Colts practice squad and knows the difficulty of a crowded and talented position.

“We’ve got a lot of good guys and the competition is at a high level,” Ross said. “I definitely like the fact that there is a lot of competition because it’s going to allow us to raise our games.”

The receiving corps showed its potential throughout all four quarters on Sunday and is expected to be a competitive battle for the rest of camp.

It’s plays like the one Ross made in the fourth quarter that will keep him noticed and he knows in order to keep fighting for a spot on the opening day roster, he must continue to do the little things.

“The biggest thing for me is just contribute and go hard,” Ross said. “Be on every single special teams, be a guy who’s smart, a guy that knows what he has to do, is lined up correctly and executes the game plan every week and making sure I’m going hard every play.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 5:10 pm

There was another rookie quarterback that excelled on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.

Chandler Harnish completed all three of his passes against the Rams including leading the offense on a pair of fourth quarter scoring drives.

A Fort Wayne, Ind. native, Harnish put on a nice show for some friendly faces in the crowd on Sunday.

“I had a lot of friends and family here today,” Harnish said. “Just coming out there and making a dream come true, playing in the NFL especially for your favorite team growing up is just an unbelievable experience and to take advantage of the opportunity is really just a dream come true.”

Harnish entered the game early in the fourth quarter and wasted no time leading the offense down the field.

After four runs by Deji Karim to start the drive, Harnish capped it off with a beautiful throw to wide receiver Jeremy Ross.

Working against man coverage, Ross beat his man on the outside and Harnish placed the ball perfectly into his receiver’s hands for the 33-yard touchdown.

“We had a go-go route called and I saw the defensive back right there so I attacked him,” Ross said. “Just like we go over everyday in practice, something we do all the time. Just made a move at the line (of scrimmage), ran as fast as I could and (Harnish) put it there.”

During training camp, Harnish has had a number of highlights with the deep ball and he added another one on Sunday.

“Jeremy did a great job of getting off coverage and I was really thinking I was going to work the other side of the field because we had a tall receiver in Kris Adams,” Harnish said of the score. “Jeremy did a great job and I saw him get open out of my peripheral so I just gave him a chance.”

Following the touchdown, the Colts defense forced a three-and-out and back came Harnish on the field for another scoring drive.

This time the result was a seven-play drive that was capped off with a 31-yard field goal by Pat McAfee.

The final drive for Harnish was a simple knee as the offense finished the afternoon with double the total offense of the Rams and was an impressive 11-of-15 on third down conversions.

There was no drop off from quarterback to quarterback throughout the afternoon for the Colts.

From the first unit to the last, the agenda remained the same with Harnish leading the offense just like his fellow rookie quarterback had done in the first half.

“Our goal as a third string unit, especially with the score the way it was and the field position we had, was get a score. Whether it was a touchdown or a field goal, get a score,” Harnish said.

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Vick Ballard Makes the Most of His First NFL Experience

Posted by Chuck Chapman on – 5:10 pm

When we last spoke with Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard, he was trying to stay focused mentally despite limited reps in a crowded backfield. If his first carries in the NFL are any indication, Ballard will be earning more time on the field in practice and less time on the sideline.

Ballard entered Sunday’s preseason opener with the St. Louis Rams late in the first half. The Colts were already up 21-3, but the Rams had just pinned them deep in their own end after an outstanding punt. With the ball resting in the shadow of their own goal post and less than two minutes remaining until halftime, the coaching staff just needed the offense to hold on to the football and at least give punter Pat McAfee enough room to get a kick away without allowing the Rams to gain any momentum before the half.

New offensive coordinator Bruce Arians entrusted Ballard with that responsibility and Ballard responded with three tough runs for 27 yards before the gun sounded. Ballard’s runs not only got the Colts out of harm’s way deep in their own territory, they were enough to cause the Colts to use a timeout and at least ponder one more shot at scoring.

Ballard admitted he had a few butterflies entering the game in such a precarious position, but once he got the football, his instincts took over.

“The O-line did their job and held their blocks. I had the easy part,” Ballard related after the game. “I had some butterflies at first, but they went away once I started running.”

Ballard said that he didn’t really see anything Sunday that he wasn’t prepared for. For that, he gave all the credit to the coaching staff for preparing them so thoroughly. He did, however, notice an immediate difference in the kinds of hits given out in the NFL compared to what he got in college at Mississippi State.

” There’s a little more ‘thump’ behind them, no doubt. At the end of the day though, it’s still football, so you get used to it.”

Ballard finished the day as the Colts’ leading rusher picking up 28 yards on six carries for a 4.7 yards per carry average. He also made a nice shoe-top grab of a Drew Stanton pass in the flat that picked up 11 yards.

While the day’s attention was primarily focused on the auspicious debut of the other Colts rookie in the backfield, Vick Ballard more than held his own at a critical juncture in the game. Ballard hopes that performance will cause his coaches to take notice as he battles for a roster spot. In the meantime, he’ll continue to study and focus and await his next opportunity next Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at

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By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea – Regional Radio Sports Network/Indiana Football Digest


The Regional Radio Sports Network kicks off its 21st season of covering high school football this week. To say the RRSN team is excited is maybe the biggest understatement of the year!  We are stoked! It dawned on me last week that I published my first Indiana high school football magazine 20 years ago this month. That is a whole generation of young football players and coaches. The first magazine was just 72 pages. The 2012 Indiana Football Digest is now 420 pages. We have come along way baby!  Each week throughout the football season, Matt Kopsea and I will be collecting data of all sorts on the wild and wacky world of Indiana high school football. We hope you will enjoy the “Honor Roll”!



Longest current winning streaks

Lafayette Central Catholic has won 44 straight games.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers has won 11 consecutive games.

Indianapolis Cathedral has won nine straight games.

Carmel and Indianapolis Bishop Chatard have won eight games in a row.

Longest current losing streaks

Indiana Deaf School has lost 31 consecutive games.

Princeton has lost 29 straight games.

DeKalb, South Vermillion and Tri have dropped 21 games in a row.

Beech Grove has suffered 19 consecutive losses.

Frontier has 18 straight losses.

Lafayette Harrison and New Castle have dropped 16 consecutive games.

Central Noble has lost 15 games in a row.

LaVille, Peru, and Riverton Parke have suffered 13 straight losses.

Fort Wayne Wayne has dropped 12 consecutive games.

Frankfort, Northridge, and Silver Creek have lost 11 straight contests.

Madison and Michigan City have nine consecutive defeats.

Bloomington South, Pike Central, Plainfield, Rushville, and Wabash have eight losses in a row.

Fort Wayne Concordia, Plainfield, Shelbyville, Terre Haute South, and Union (Dugger) have seven straight defeats.

Fairfield, Hammond Clark, Indianapolis Northwest, Muncie Central, Prairie Heights, Taylor, Tecumseh, and Twin Lakes have six losses in a row.

Cascade, Forest Park, Knox, Lake Station, McCutcheon, South Decatur, and Woodlan have dropped five straight games.

Consecutive regular season wins

Wheeler 43, Lafayette Central Catholic 33, North Putnam 20, Shenandoah 18, Fountain Central 17, New Palestine 17, Pioneer 17, Leo 16, Warren Central 16, Homestead 15, Bremen 13, Brownstown Central 12, Linton-Stockton 12, Penn 11, Churubusco 10, Andrean 9, Castle 9, Avon 8, Charleston 7, Kokomo 7, Lawrence Central 7, Milan 7, Southmont 7, Centerville 6, Edgewood 6, Hamilton Southeastern 6, Pendleton Heights 6, South Newton 6, Martinsville 5, Merrillville 5, Mishawaka Marian 5, North Posey 5, Northwestern 5, South Putnam 5, Wawasee 5.


Consecutive regular season losses

Indiana Deaf School 27, Princeton 26, Tri 19, DeKalb 18, South Vermillion 18, Beech Grove 17, Frontier 16, Lafayette Harrison 14, New Castle 14, Central Noble 13, Frankfort 12, Northridge 12, LaVille 11, Peru 11, Riverton Parke 11, Delphi 10, Fort Wayne Wayne 10, Silver Creek 10, Evansville Harrison 8, Madison 8, Michigan City 8, Plainfield 7, Pike Central 7, Rushville 7, Salem 7, Wabash 7, Fort Wayne Concordia 6, Lafayette Jeff 6, Indianapolis Northwest 6, Monrovia 6, Shelbyville 6, South Bend Riley 6, Terre Haute South 6, Union (Dugger) 6, Fairfield 5, Hammond Clark 5, Muncie Central 5, Park Tudor 5, Plymouth 5, Prairie Heights 5, Taylor 5, Twin Lakes 5.


Consecutive winning seasons

Penn 39, Jimtown 32, Fort Wayne Snider 22, Heritage Hills 22, Jasper 22, East Central 21, Brownstown Central 19, Eastbrook 19, Hamilton Southeastern 18, Homestead 17, Pioneer 16, Carmel 14, Warren Central 12, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 11, Evansville Reitz 11, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 11, Indian Creek 11, Linton-Stockton 11, Columbus East 9, East Noble 9, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 9, Merrillville 9, Concord 8.


Consecutive losing seasons

New Castle 27, Connersville 20, Madison 19, South Bend Adams 19, Edinburgh 18, Gary Wallace 16, Princeton 16, Cloverdale 15, Jennings County 14, South Bend Riley 14, Lake Station 13, Alexandria 11, Delphi 11, Evansville Bosse 11, Peru 11, McCutcheon 9, Bluffton 8, Brown County 8, Hammond Gavit 8, LaVille 8, Wood Memorial 7.




Anderson (6-4) had its first winning record since 2001.

Batesville (3-7) suffered its first losing record since 1997.

Benton Central (6-5) enjoyed its first winning record since 2003.

Cambridge City (Lincoln) (8-3) had its first winning mark since 2004.

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-4) celebrated its first winning record since 2004.

Delta (5-6) had its first losing mark since 1995.

Fairfield (4-6) went through its first losing season since 2005.

Indianapolis Scecina Memorial (11-4) experienced its first winning season since 2002.

Greenwood (8-4) finished with a winning mark for the first time since 2005.

Indianapolis Pike (5-6) finished with a losing mark for the first time since 2005.

Lewis Cass (5-7) had its first losing season since 1997.

Logansport (4-6) endured its first losing season since 2003.

Monrovia (3-8) experienced its first losing mark since 2006.

North Montgomery (4-6) had a losing record for the first time since 2005.

North Vermillion (7-6) recorded its first winning record since 1996.

Northfield (6-5) enjoyed its first winning mark since 1980.

Plainfield (2-8) was saddled with a losing record for the first time 1996.

Rensselaer Central (5-6) ended with a losing mark for the first time since 2007.

River Forest (7-4) wound up with its first winning record since 2003.

Seeger (3-7) recorded its first losing record since 1991.

South Dearborn (7-3) tallied a winning record for the first time since 2004.

Tri-Central (6-4) finished with a winning mark for the first time since 2007.

Union City (9-2) had its first winning record since 2005.

Washington (5-6) experienced a losing mark for the first time since 2006.

Winamac (5-6) had its first losing record for the first time since 2007.



Last winning season

Alexandria (1998), Bluffton (2003), Brown County (2003), Cascade (2006), Central Noble (2007), Clarksville (2006), Cloverdale (1996), Connersville (1992), Crawfordsville (2007), Danville (2007), DeKalb (2007), Delphi (2000), Eastern Hancock (2005), Edinburgh (1993), Elwood (2000), Evansville Bosse (2000), Evansville Harrison (2004), Evansville North (2007), Fort Wayne Concordia (2007), Fort Wayne Northrop (2003), Franklin (1996), Franklin Central (2007), Frankton (2003), Frontier (2006), Gary Roosevelt (1987), Gary Wallace (1995), Gibson Southern (2007), Hammond Gavit (2003), Hammond Noll (2006), Lafayette Harrison (1996), Highland (2001), Hobart (2008), Indiana Deaf School (2007), Indianpolis Northwest (2005), Jay County (2007), Jeffersonville (2007), Jennings County (1997), Kankakee Valley (2006), Knox (2008), Lafayette Jeff (2008), Lake Station (1998), LaVille (2003), Lawrence North (2005), Lawrenceburg (2008), Maconaquah (2004), Madison (1992), McCutcheon (2002), Mitchell (2005), Muncie Central (2006), New Castle (1984), New Prairie (2008), Noblesville (2001), Indianapolis North Central (2006), North Decatur (2007), North Harrison (2006), North Newton (2004), Park Tudor (2005), Perry Meridian (2003), Peru (2000), Pike Central (1986), Prairie Heights (1989), Princeton (1996), Riverton Parke (2006), Seymour (2005), South Bend Adams (1993), South Bend Riley (1997), Southwood (2008), Taylor (2008), Tecumseh (2008), Tell City (2006), Terre Haute South (1999), Tri (2007), Tri-County (2007), Triton (2008), Turkey Run (2003), Twin Lakes (2006), Union (Dugger) (2008), Union County (2004), Vincennes Lincoln (2005), Wabash (1996), Wes-Del (1990), West Noble (2005), Westfield (2007), Wood Memorial (2004), Woodlan (2005).


Last losing season

Andrean (2008), Attica (1996), Bedford North Lawrence (2003), Carmel (1997), Center Grove (2005), Centerville (2003), Charlestown (2006), Churubusco (2004), Columbus East (2002), Concord (2003), East Central (1990), East Noble (2001), Eastbrook (1992), Evansville Central (2004), Evansville Memorial (2007), Evansville Reitz (1998), Fishers (2006), Floyd Central (2007), Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (2000), Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (2006), Fort Wayne Snider (1989), Garrett (2006), Griffith (2003), Hagerstown (2005), Hamilton Southeastern (1993), Hammond Clark (2004), Heritage Christian (2005), Heritage Hills (1989). Homestead (1994), Huntington North (2002), Indian Creek (2000), Indianapolis Ben Davis (1985), Indianapolis Brebeuf (2003), Indianapolis Cathedral (2003), Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (2000), Indianapolis Lutheran (2008), Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (2002), Jasper (1989), Jimtown (1979), John Glenn (2002), Knightstown (2007), Kokomo (2006), Lafayette Central Catholic (2003), Lawrence Central (2007), Leo (2006), Linton-Stockton (1996), Lowell (1998), Madison-Grant (2004), Martinsville (2008), Merrillville (2002), Milan (2007), Mishawaka (1998), Munster (2007), New Palestine (2008), North Daviess (2007), North Miami (2006), North Putnam (2004), Northview (2008), Northwestern (2005), Paoli (2006), Penn (1971), Perry Central (1995), Pioneer (1995), Providence (2006), Rochester (2003), Rockville (2002), Shenandoah (1997), South Bend St. Joseph (2004), South Putnam (2008), South Spencer (2007), Southern Wells (2007), Southmont (2007), Southport (2007), Southridge (2005), Speedway (1994), Tippecanoe Valley (2008), Tipton (2000), Triton Central (2004), Warren Central (1999), West Lafayette (2006), West Washington (2007), Western (2000), Western Boone (2008), Wheeler (2004), Whiting (2007), Zionsville (2007).


Consecutive sectional titles

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 11, Indianapolis Cathedral 6, Fort Wayne Snider 5, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 3, Evansville Mater Dei 3, Lafayette Central Catholic 3, West Lafayette 3, Guerin Catholic 2, Leo 2, Milan 2, Pendleton Heights 2, South Bend St. Joseph 2, Tipton 2.

Consecutive regional crowns

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 11, Indianapolis Cathedral 6, F.W. Bishop Luers 3, Lafayette Central Catholic 3, Evansville Mater Dei 2, Guerin Catholic 2, Leo, S.B. St. Joseph 2.

Consecutive semistate championships

F.W. Bishop Luers 3, Lafayette Central Catholic 3, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 2, Indianapolis Cathedral 2, S.B. St. Joseph 2.




Fort Wayne Wayne has only had two winning seasons since 2000 (2000 and 2009).

Hamilton Heights has had only one losing season since 2000 (2008).

NorthWood has experienced only one losing season going back to 1975 (2010).

Northridge has enjoyed only three winning records since 1990 (1991, 1992, and 2009).

Terre Haute North has had just one winning season since 2000 (2010).



Closing in on 300

Russ Radtke (New Prairie) 293

Closing in on 250

Joe Gengelbach (North Posey) 246

Mo Moriarty (Salem) 243

Closing in on 200

Jeff Adamson (Eastbrook) 198

Leroy Marsh (Munster) 197

Tim Roth (Winamac) 193

Rick Streiff (Indianapolis Cathedral) 191

Closing in on 150

Bart Curtis (Mishawaka) 148

Mike Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei) 148

Mike Paul (Muncie South) 145

Closing in on 100

Phil Jensen (Warsaw) 99

Scott Helms (North Daviess) 97

Cory Yeoman (Penn) 97

Justin Bogunia (John Glenn) 96

Mike Cheviron (Goshen) 94

Tony Lewis (Evansville Reitz) 91




Allen County Athletic: Leo

Big Eight: Mount Carmel (Ill.)

Central Indiana: Madison-Grant

Conference Indiana: Lawrence Central

Duneland Athletic: Lake Central and Merrillville

Eastern Indiana: East Central

Great Lakes Athletic: Hammond Morton

Greater South Shore: Wheeler

Hoosier: Lafayette Central Catholic

Hoosier Crossroads: Avon, Brownsburg, and Hamilton Southeastern

Hoosier Heartland: Sheridan

Hoosier Heritage: New Palestine

Hoosier Hills Columbus East

Indiana Crossroads: Speedway and Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter

Indianapolis Public School: Indianapolis Howe

Metropolitan Interscholastic: Warren Central

Mid-Indiana Football: Milan

Mid-Indiana: Northwestern and Western

Mid-Southern: Brownstown Central

Mid-State: Decatur Central

Midwest: Pioneer

North Central: Kokomo

Northeast Corner: Churubusco

Northeast Hoosier: Homestead

Northern Indiana: Penn

Northern Lakes: Concord

Northern State: Bremen

Northwest Crossroads: Andrean

Patoka Lake Athletic: Paoli

Pocket Athletic: North Posey and Southridge

Sagamore: Southmont

Southern Indiana Athletic: Castle

Southwest Seven:  Linton-Stockton

Summit Athletic: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers and Fort Wayne North

Three Rivers: Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley

Tri-Eastern: Centerville

Wabash River: Fountain Central

West Central: North Putnam

Western Indiana: Northview



Allen County Athletic: Heritage 5, Leo 4, Southern Wells 2.

Big Eight: Jasper 8, Mount Carmel (Ill.) 3, Vincennes Lincoln 3.

Central Indiana: Eastbrook 7, Madison-Grant 3, Oak Hill 2.

Conference Indiana: Lawrence Central 4, Pike 4, Bloomington South 2.

Duneland Athletic: Valparaiso 4, Merrillville 4, Crown Point 3, Chesterton 2.

Eastern Indiana: East Central 11, Batesville 2.

Great Lakes Athletic: Hammond Morton 4.

Greater South Shore: Wheeler 5.

Hoosier: Rensselaer Central 5, Benton Central 3, Sheridan 3.

Hoosier Crossroads: Hamilton Southeastern 6, Zionsville 3, Avon 3, Fishers 2.

Hoosier Heartland: Lafayette Central Catholic 10.

Hoosier Heritage: Delta 7, New Palestine 4

Hoosier Hills: Columbus East 8.

Indiana Crossroads: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 5, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial 2.

Indianapolis Public School: Indianapolis Broad Ripple 4, Indianapolis Northwest 3, Indianapolis Arlington 3.

Metropolitan Interscholastic: Warren Central 7, Carmel 4, Indianapolis Ben Davis 3, Center Grove 3.

Mid-Indiana Football: Indian Creek 6, Triton Central 3, Milan 2.

Mid-Indiana Athletic: Hamilton Heights 6, Lewis Cass 2, Northwestern 2

Mid-Southern: Brownstown Central 8, Charlestown 3, Salem 2.

Mid-State: Plainfield 5, Mooresville 3, Greenwood 2, Whiteland 2.

Midwest: Pioneer 9, South Newton 2.

North Central: Kokomo 5, Muncie Central 3, Logansport 2, Richmond 2.

Northeast Corner: Fairfield 4, Churubusco 3.

Northeast Hoosier: Homestead 9, East Noble 5, Norwell 2.

Northern Indiana: Penn 25 out of last 26 years, including 24 in a row from 1986 to 2009.

Northern Lakes: Concord 5, Plymouth 3.

Northern State: Jimtown 9, New Prairie 2.

Northwest Crossroads: Lowell 3.

Patoka Lake Athletic: Perry Central 8, Paoli 3, West Washington 2.

Pocket Athletic: Heritage Hills 10, North Posey 2, Southridge 2.

Sagamore: Danville 5, Southmont 3, Southmont 3.

Southern Indiana Athletic: Evansville Reitz 7, Evansville Mater Dei 3, Castle 2.

Southwest Seven:  Linton-Stockton 5, North Daviess 2.

Summit Athletic: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 5, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 3, Fort Wayne Snider 3.

Three Rivers: Rochester 7, Tippecanoe Valley 3, Whitko 2.

Tri-Eastern: Hagerstown 6, Centerville 4, Winchester 4, Tri 2.

Wabash River: Seeger 6, Fountain Central 3, Rockville 2.

West Central: North Putnam 5, Speedway 5, Monrovia 2.

Western Indiana: Northview 7, West Vigo 2, Owen Valley 2

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Quan Cosby’s Versatility on Display in Colts Preseason Opener

Posted by Chuck Chapman on – 1:00 pm

Quan Cosby has been the quiet man among Colts wide receivers thus far in camp. In Sunday’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams, he let his play on the field speak loudly for him.

Cosby has taken somewhat of a back seat thus far in Colts camp, content to let the media focus on veteran returning stars like Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie, or young rookie hopefuls TY Hilton and LaVon Brazill. Sunday, Cosby stood out among the receivers and also showed he can contribute on special teams.

Cosby caught three passes Sunday for 44 yards, just a yard less than Austin Collie. He only wishes his signature catch of the day, a 32 yard reception from Andrew Luck where Cosby ran free down the seam of the Rams Cover 2, had gone a yard further.

“I was hoping I fell in the zone,” Cosby confessed after the game. “Twelve (Andrew Luck) put it right where I could catch it. He throws a great ball.”

Cosby was touched down at the one yard line where Delone Carter would eventually go in for the Colts third touchdown of the first half. He would catch two more balls in the second on three targets. He also was back in single safety to return punts on two occasions, neither of which presented an opportunity.

“There were two shanks on the punts, so I didn’t get a chance there, but I’m just really happy to be out there playing another team.”

Cosby was very complimentary of his rookie quarterback after the game. Last year, Cosby began the season in Cincinnati and watched Bengals rookie Andy Dalton develop. He sees a lot of similarities between Dalton, who guided the Bengals to the playoffs as a rookie, and Andrew Luck.

“I see a lot of comparisons. They both study a lot, and obviously they both have a lot of physical talent. They both do a lot of work after practice, getting more reps with their receivers. You see that kind of hard work pay off like it did today on the field.”

If Cosby can continue to show the ability to stretch the field as a receiver and be a dependable special teams contributor, he could begin the 2012 season the way he did 2011, helping a rookie quarterback lead his team to the playoffs.

Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at

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Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 10:26 am

What’s up Colts Nation!? Well, it has officially began, the highly anticipated Indianapolis Colts “new era” is officially underway and man it feels good to be a Colts fan! Now before I get into yesterday’s game, I realize it was a preseason game, and I realize that in years past these games haven’t exactly mattered to a majority of you. However, preseason games do serve a purpose and when you look a Colts team that has a lot of young and new players you realize the importance of this year’s preseason. In addition to that, preseason games allow for coaches to evaluate every position, tells them where they can improve, and sets the tone for the next week of camp.

But most importantly, we won, and I think every single member of Colts Nation feels better about this team today than they did yesterday. All the anticipation was worth it and now we get to watch this team grow. The team we saw on Sunday will not be the same team we will see this weekend against the Steelers. They will improve. This team will continue to improve every game and that is something both players and coaches will pride themselves on.

And how about Andrew Luck’s first play ever from scrimmage as a Colts? You want to talk about COTLSTRONG, Lucas Oil Stadium was rocking after Luck completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to running back Donald Brown!  I’m not going to lie; I got goose bumps when I saw them connect and instantly knew Brown was taking it to the house. What a way to kick-off a season and especially a career.

Prior to the game, I hit up a few tailgating spots. For it being a pre-season game I was pretty impressed with the turnout. One of my favorites was the “Blue Scoot Crew” who had a Colts bus with memorabilia all over the place. They even had a built in restroom which of course was covered in blue. Before every game this season, I will be searching for the best tailgate spots and food in all of Colts Nation. I will write a blog this week with complete details.


Well that’s it for today. Be sure to check back to my homepage on for more information and follow me on Twitter to chat it up!

Yours in Football,

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