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HARNISH MAKES IT TWO PRODUCTIVE ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS IN OPENER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2012 – 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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