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COLTS ACQUIRE CB VONTAE DAVIS IN TRADE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 26, 2012 – 3:11 pm

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RECEIVE CB-VONTAE DAVIS IN TRADE WITH MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

The Indianapolis Colts today received cornerback Vontae Davis in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional late-round pick in 2013.

 

“Bottom line with this move today is we got better as a football team,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “That is always the goal each day for this organization. From the first time he stepped on the field at Illinois as a freshman or in the National Football League as a rookie, you knew Vontae was a special talent. Now he has a chance under Coach Pagano and this coaching staff to reach not only his potential as a football player, but as a person as well. That is our collective goal moving forward.”

 

Davis, 5-11, 205 pounds, is entering his fourth NFL season. In 44 games played (36 starts), the 24-year-old has totaled 142 tackles (126 solo), 32 passes defensed and nine interceptions for 124 return yards, including one for a touchdown. Last season, Davis led the team with four interceptions and nine passes defensed, while finishing the year with 43 tackles (39 solo). His four interceptions ranked tied for fifth in the AFC.

 

In his rookie season, Davis led the team with four interceptions, making him the first Dolphins rookie to lead the team in interceptions in 20 years and the first Dolphins rookie cornerback to lead the team since 1969. That year, he finished with a career-high 44 solo tackles to go along with 11 passes defensed.

 

Davis was selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois. A three-year starter at Illinois, he started 34-of-36 games played and posted career totals of 206 tackles (139 solo), 22 passes defensed, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In his final season at Illinois in 2008, Davis was named a consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection after tallying a career-high 78 tackles (53 solo) and tying for second in the conference with three forced fumbles. As a sophomore in 2007, he started all 12 games and was the only sophomore semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back. As a freshman, Davis started 11-of-12 games, was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and was honored as a Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting NewsScout.com and Rivals.com.


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DEFENSE PREPARING FOR RGIII

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 24, 2012 – 11:21 am

It might still be the month of August, but this week around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center has had a feel similar to that during the regular season.

Coaches have tried to prepare in a comparable way for Saturday’s preseason game with the Washington Redskins like it was a regular season game.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said his unit ‘will open it up a little more’ this week.

“Usually the third preseason game from the players’ perspective, they can see the process of going through first and second down (installments), going through third down, and going through goal line, red zone, short yardage. It’s great for the players to see that,” Manusky said.

The task for Manuksy’s defense for much of the game on Saturday will be trying to contain Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Over the past decade, the NFL has seen more and more dual-threat quarterbacks thrive in the league and many expect ‘RGIII’ to be the next in line.

“When you see players like RGIII, Michael Vick in the preseason, you’ve got to eventually play some of those guys throughout the regular season so it’s good to see what’s good and what’s bad against them,” Manusky said.

The Colts defense has watched some film on Griffin III and Manusky has been impressed with his abilities.

“(Griffin III) can throw the ball and scramble. We have to make sure we cage him in, number one to run, number two to throw,” Manusky said.

Along with trying to neutralize Griffin III, Manusky and his defensive coaches will be looking to which players will ultimately fill out the 53-man roster heading into the regular season.

Manusky was quick to point out while his staff is always looking to help the defensive side of the ball, he knows the importance of the ‘third’ phase of football when it comes to completing an entire roster.

“Special teams is always a big part of it,” Manusky said of final cuts. “If they can play on special teams, we’ll find them a place on defense. You want to build a well-rounded team and special teams is the most important part.”


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Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 23, 2012 – 4:26 pm

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ARIANS FINDS TEACHING MOMENT

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:13 pm

It was the perfect teaching moment coming at the most opportune time.

With what looked like green grass being the only thing between him and the end zone, rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had his sights set on scoring his first career NFL touchdown.

That’s just when Hilton’s concentration wavered and the ball caromed off No. 13’s body and into a Pittsburgh Steelers defender’s hands, turning a potential touchdown into a turnover.

Hilton’s frustration showed as he headed towards the sidelines but that was when offensive coordinator Bruce Arians put his teaching hat on in talking to his speedy receiver.

“What happened with T.Y. last week, he drops a ball that he never drops. He was trying to score a touchdown or get a first down,” Arians said.

“Right away you talk to him, tell him get over it, get to the next play and then we tried to get it to him right away. (It was) something I knew that would be successful for him, get his confidence back. Again, we’re going to need him, don’t know when, but we’re going to need him,” Arians said of Hilton.

As the Colts offense headed back onto the field for its next possession, Arians knew where the play call was heading.

Quarterback Andrew Luck found Hilton on a bubble screen that gained eight yards and re-established the confidence in the young receiver.

It’s times like these that are what the preseason is all about.

For Arians, guiding an offense filled with young talent has had its surprises from each day.

They’ve had great days and then they have all awful days. The drudgery of camp got to a couple of them,” Arians said. “They are bouncing back now, had a good week of practice. I look forward to them bouncing back in this ball game and playing a little better than they did last week.”

One rookie in particular that has received numerous praise from Arians is running back Vick Ballard.

The running back leads the team in rushing through two preseason games and has shown that he can be a successful pass blocker, a trait that often separates which young backs see the playing field.

“I love Vick. I think he’s showing he’s got all of the tools to play every down, he’s running hard and he’s pass protecting well. He’s got everything it takes to be a solid back in this league,” Arians said.

Over the course of the next 10 days, Arians will undoubtedly see a few of his young players go. The Colts roster will be trimmed from 90 to 75 by Monday and then again down to 53 by the following week.

Some of the new faces will continue to have critical roles in Arians offense, but after 20 years in the NFL, it’s this week that is the most difficult for the Colts offensive coordinator.

“To me it’s the hardest part of football. It’s the bad side of the business,” Arians said of cuts. “You work with the guys for so long and normally the guys that get cut are overachievers, they are the easily coached guys and their ability isn’t going to match up.”

“You build a bond with them because they are smart, intelligent. The guys that don’t get it, they don’t hurt you as bad. But the ones that get it, work hard, are there every day, it’s really hard when you cut these guys.”


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JONES’ VERSATILITY SEEN IN RUNNING GAME

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

He isn’t the John Mackey Award winner and wasn’t a prime target of quarterback Andrew Luck in college.

Despite not having the resume of his fellow rookie tight ends, Dominique Jones has found an established niche in the Colts offense.

Among the normal roles that tights ends fill (a mixture of receiving and run blocking), Jones has also seen some action in a short yardage role for the Colts by carrying the football.

Jones’ first NFL carry came on a third-and-one against the Rams with the rush gaining three yards.

“We had worked on it a couple of times in practice but other than that, that’s my first time carrying the ball,” Jones said. “I carried the ball a little bit in the IFL (Indoor Football League) league but that was in January. The Rams game was pretty much my first experience carrying the ball in an NFL game.”

Lined up in the fullback position, Jones took the carry from Luck and accomplished the main objective on short yardage plays—move the chains.

“Anything the coaches are asking me to do, I’m going to do it whole heartedly and try to get that first down because that’s a big down and distance for us to get and keep that drive moving,” Jones said.

On the Colts depth chart right now, Jones has the letter ‘F’ next to his name to indicate his position within the offense.

During training camp, head coach Chuck Pagano explained the position that currently has Dwayne Allen and Jones penciled in.

“He could be split out wide, or he could be lined up right behind the quarterback in front of the tailback, or offset behind the guard or tackle. There are multiple positions for that position,” Pagano said.

Against the Rams, along with his first down rush, Jones also caught his first NFL pass for 22 yards.

Jones signed with the Colts on May 1 and benefited from familiarity with general manager Ryan Grigson following a tryout he had with the Eagles in 2011.

After figuring out what type of offense he would soon be playing in, Jones is ready to see his skill set used all over the field.

“When I first got here for the tryout and started learning a little bit about the offense, I was very excited about it because they used a lot of tight ends and then when I saw they were using three tight end sets, I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to come in and get an opportunity to play,” Jones said.


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DEFENDERS LOOKING FORWARD TO FACING RGIII, GARÇON

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 22, 2012 – 5:19 pm

Over the course of 11 years in the NFL, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has amassed 102.5 sacks.

The seven-time Pro Bowler has taken down his fair share of quarterbacks and will be looking to add a new name to that list on Saturday afternoon.

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and his 4.3, 40-yard dash speed will be the target.

“He’s fast. I know that,” Freeney said of Griffin III. “But I’m used to seeing fast guys, the (Michael) Vick’s, the Cam’s (Newton) and all that stuff.”

Normally, one of the many difficulties mobile quarterbacks present is their ability to leave the pocket at virtually any time.

Griffin III has only attempted 14 passes this preseason so Freeney believes he might not be looking to run as much on Saturday.

“I’m sure he wants to stay in the pocket and really establish the system and what they’re trying to do,” Freeney said. “I don’t foresee him running around as much during the preseason but who knows.”

The challenge of neutralizing Griffin III doesn’t stop in the front seven.

Safety Antoine Bethea knows the problems of defending a quarterback that can beat you with his arm and feet.

“In college, he did some great things. Just knowing what type of dual threat he is, it will be a good test for our defense just seeing what he can do and see how we can defend their offense,” Bethea said.

Bethea and a few of the members of the Colts will also get to see a familiar face on Saturday in wide receiver Pierre Garçon.

For the last four seasons, Garçon was a member of the Colts but now as a Washington Redskin, he might hear some friendly chatter from Bethea.

“There’s to be some trash talking of course, but it’s going to be fun,” Bethea said. “You know what type of player Pierre is, he’s a very strong, aggressive player that can make some plays.”

“It’s going to be good for our backend to see how we can handle those guys. RGIII has some good weapons back there. It’s all fun and games but I’m happy for Pierre and his success.”

The first team defense should get an extended look at Griffin III and Garçon with both teams expected to play their starters the longest of any game this preseason.

Freeney will have the opportunity to add Griffin III’s name to an already accomplished sack list but the chance to hit the gridiron again is what No. 93 is most happy about.

If I’m dressing up and I got my pads on, I want to play,” Freeney said. ”I’m really looking forward to playing a whole half or whatever else I play and give it my all.”


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MY INDIANA FOOTBALL: WEEK ONE HONOR ROLL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:48 pm

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

DONE AND FINISHED

Fort Wayne Snider ended F.W. Bishop Luers’ 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory over the Saints.

Ben Davis halted Indianapolis Cathedral’s nine-game winning streak with a 24-21 decision over the Irish.

Wheeler had its 43-game regular season winning streak halted with a 30-12 loss to Boone Grove.

Princeton snapped its 29-game losing streak with a 42-34 win over Wood Memorial.

South Vermillion ended its 21-game losing streak with a 26-7 triumph over Covington.

Beech Grove had its 19-game losing streak snapped with a 31-20 win over Indianapolis Lutheran.

Peru ended its 13-game losing streak with a 26-6 win over Wabash.

Frankfort had its 11-game losing streak come to an end with a 21-8 win over Western.

Michigan City snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 33-0 win over Gary Roosevelt.

Bloomington South ended a stretch of eight losses in a row with a 34-20 win over Bedford North Lawrence.

Pike Central blanked North Knox, 15-0, to end its eight-game skid.

Plainfield downed Danville, 29-26, to bring its eight-game losing streak to a halt.

Shenandoah saw its 18-game regular season game winning streak end with a 35-27 loss to Hagerstown.

New Palestine’s 17-game regular season game winning streak come to a close with a 26-20 loss to Whiteland.

Pioneer ended its 17-game regular season winning streak with a 33-12 loss to Lewis-Cass.

 

HIGHS AND LOWS

Longest current winning streaks

Lafayette Central Catholic has won 45 straight games.

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

Longest current losing streaks

Indiana Deaf School has lost 32 consecutive games.

DeKalb and Tri have dropped 22 games in a row.

Frontier has 19 straight losses.

Lafayette Harrison and New Castle have dropped 17 consecutive games.

Central Noble has lost 16 games in a row.

LaVille and Riverton Parke have suffered 14 straight losses.

Fort Wayne Wayne has dropped 13 consecutive games.

Northridge and Silver Creek have lost 12 straight contests.

Madison has 10 consecutive defeats.

Rushville and Wabash have nine losses in a row.

Fort Wayne Concordia, Shelbyville, and Union (Dugger) have eight straight defeats.

Hammond Clark, Indianapolis Northwest, Muncie Central, Prairie Heights, Taylor, and Tecumseh have seven losses in a row.

Cascade, Forest Park, Knox, Lake Station, McCutcheon, and Woodlan have dropped six consecutive games.

 

Consecutive regular season wins

Lafayette Central Catholic 34, North Putnam 21, Fountain Central 18, Leo 17, Warren Central 17, Homestead 16, Bremen 14, Brownstown Central 13, Linton-Stockton 13, Penn 12, Churubusco 11, Andrean 10, Castle 10, Avon 8, Charleston 8, Kokomo 8, Lawrence Central 8, Milan 8, Pendleton Heights 7, Mishawaka Marian 6, North Posey 6, Northwestern 6, South Putnam 6, Wawasee 6.

 

Consecutive regular season losses

Indiana Deaf School 29, Tri 20, DeKalb 19, Frontier 17, Lafayette Harrison 15, New Castle 15, Central Noble 14, Northridge 13, LaVille 12, Riverton Parke 12, Delphi 10, Fort Wayne Wayne 11, Silver Creek 11, Madison 9, Rushville 8, Salem 8, Wabash 8, Fort Wayne Concordia 7, Lafayette Jeff 7, Indianapolis Northwest 7, Monrovia 7, Shelbyville 7, South Bend Riley 7, Union (Dugger) 7, Hammond Clark 6, Muncie Central 6, Park Tudor 6, Plymouth 6, Prairie Heights 6, Taylor 6.

 

TOP PERFORMANCES

Quarterback Mitch Hartman’s six-yard scoring strike to Rodney Applewhite in overtime helped South Bend Clay escape with a 12-6 win over South Bend Riley. Mike Anderson tallied 99 yards and one score on 21 attempts for the Wildcats.

 

Penn junior signal caller Zach Oakley racked up 139 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries as the No 6 (Class 5A) Kingsmen held on for a 35-28 win over Valparaiso. Senior back Matt Hummel added nine rushes for 136 yards and two scores before leaving with a knee injury as the Kingsmen rolled up 356 yards on the ground. Stephen Simms accumulated 104 yards rushing and 252 all-purpose yards to go along with three scores for the Vikings.

 

Wide out Ethan Pike hauled in four passes, good for 136 yards and three scores, leading visiting No. 6 (Class 2A) Bremen to a 42-26 win over Plymouth Pike added an interception as the Lions won the Rockpile for the first time since 1988. Bremen junior quarterback Kai Slough finished 9-of-18 for 231 yards and four scores, and Reid Zellmer chipped in 138 yards rushing and two scores on 19 attempts. Despite playing with sprained ankle, senior back Sam Stevens still managed to tally 251 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts for the Rockies.

 

Mishawaka quarterback Sam Schrader rambled for 246 yards and passed for 135 more yards, leading No. 7 (Class 4A) Mishawaka to a 57-42 win over Portage. An IFD Prime Time 25 selection, Schrader threw for two scores and ran for another as the Cavemen rolled 615 total yards, including 480 on the ground. Matt Carver added four rushes for 100 yards and three scores, while Tyler McDaniel had 112 yards rushing and one touchdown for Mishawaka. Rashaan Coleman paced the Indians with 24 carries for 188 yards rushing and four scores (three rushing, one receiving). Portage signal caller Gage Pearman added 280 yards (18-of-30) with two scores through the air.

 

Eastern Michigan recruit DuWhan Alford accumulated 100 yards rushing on 16 carries and three scores, helping No. 9 (Class 4A) Concord to 30-25 win over South Bend Washington. Daigien Morgan completed 3-of-4 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown, caught nine passes for 84 yards, and ran four times for 32 yards and one score for the Panthers. Kelly Kolat added 119 yards passing and two touchdown passes for Washington. Ryan Tepe booted a 45-yard field goal for the Minutemen.

 

Zionsville quarterback Parker Dunshee was 13 of 17 passing for 186 yards with four touchdown passes, and running back Cole Wendt rushed 19 times for 144 yards and a score as the Eagles flew past Lafayette Jefferson, 41-20. John Naumcheff hauled in three touchdown passes for Zionsville, and Darian Green rolled up 141 yards on 15 carries for Jeff in the loss.

In Indiana’s oldest rivalry game, Lowell’s George Fields rushed 26 times for 199 yards with three touchdowns in the Red Devils 28-21 loss at Crown Point. Jake Jatis had 234 yards passing for Crown Point. With the win, the Bulldogs secured the “old leather helmet” for the third straight year.

Bloomington South’s Eli Eads racked up 137 yards rushing in the Panthers’ 34-20 win over Bedford North Lawrence.

Hobart’s Ian Drobac rushed 11 times for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Brickies defeated Gary West, 52-14. Signal caller Andrew Barras completed 11 of 18 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron DelGrosso had a 49-yard field goal in the contest for Hobart. The Brickies have won eight straight season opening games.

South Putnam sophomore Lucas Lorian racked up 179 rushing yards with four touchdowns to lead Eagles past Owen Valley, 33-7.Larry Shaffer rushed eight times for 120 yards in the loss for the Patriots.

Wawasee quarterback D.J. Semon rushed 13 times for 134 yards with a 92-yard score as the Warriors upended Whitko, 20-7. Warriors’ punter Derrick Sorenson had a 68-yard punt in the game. Semon, Sorenson, and Gabe Rhodes combined for 294 yards rushing and three scores for Wawasee.

Griffith’s Austin Brown rushed for 152 yards and scored five touchdowns and passed for 147 yards with a score to lead the Panthers to a 42-35 win over Hammond Morton. The versatile Brown also had an interception on defense as the Panthers ended a five losing streak to nearby Morton. Governors’ junior tailback Kendall Huff had 13 catches for 119 yards to go along with 15 rushes for 96 yards, and Nate McClurg had 10 receptions for 103 yards. Morton senior quarterback Jimmy Glidewell was 30-of-53 passing for 326 yards with one touchdown, while Eleazar Henderson chipped in with 95 rushing yards in the loss.

Ben Davis quarterback Kyle Castner was 18-for-22 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Giants knocked off Class 4A No 1 Indianapolis Cathedral, 24-21. Fighting Irish QB Connor Rice passed for 295 yards and two scores and ran for another tally in the loss.

Triton Central’s Dakota Nelson recorded a 78 and an 85-yard kickoff return for touchdowns as the Tigers rolled past Park Tudor, 42-13. The senior Nelson also hauled in a 68-yard pass reception for a score. Senior Nick Anders rushed 13 times for 148 yards for Triton Central.

Cody Poynter rushed 26 times for 212 yards and scored all four of his team’s touchdowns as Boone Grove defeated Wheeler, 30-12. Wheeler’s last lost in the regular season was in 2007, snapping a 43-game winning streak. With the triumph, the Wolves matched last year’s win total.

Chad Banschbach had 17 carries, good for 107 yards rushing and five touchdowns in Lawrenceburg’s 63-19 thrashing of South Dearborn. Sam Fette was 14-of-21 for 247 yards and two scores, and Colin Solomon recorded 14 tackles for the Tigers.

Chesterton quarterback Chris Katsafaros had 113 yards rushing and 88 yards passing with a touchdown in the Trojans’ 24-7 win over St. Joe. Signal caller Matt Monserez was 22-of-36 for 215 yards for the Indians, while A.J. Snyder had an interception and blocked kick for Chesterton.

Western Boone’s Riggs Baxter had seven tackles and two interceptions, and LV Bowden racked 18 stops with three pass break ups, one forced fumble and three tackles for loss as the Stars defeated Sheridan, 28-6.

Austin Karazsia was 12-of-15 for 269 yards with four touchdown passes as Linton Stockton rolled past Eastern Greene, 40-0. Koye Kaiser piled up 146 rushing yards with two scores and another 71 yards through the air for the Miners.

Angola quarterback Brady Boots was 11-of-15 passing for 249 yards with a pair of scores as the Hornets stung West Noble, 56-19. Austin Bauer scored three touchdowns and racked up 266 all-purpose yards, while Reece Oberlin had five receptions for 111 yards for Angola.

Winamac quarterback Zach Shidler was 8-of-14 passing for 245 yards with two scores and Richie Doty had 8 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack as the Warriors defeated Knox, 26-9. Levi Schultz had three receptions for 135 yards with two scores, while Tyler Katske added two touchdown runs and 15 tackles for Winamac.

Andrean senior Shamir Johnson rushed for 131 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns in helping the 59ers to their 17th straight win over parochial rival Hammond Bishop Noll, 48-12. In addition, Andrean junior quarterback Matt DeSomer had 42 yards rushing and was 11 for 23 for 228 yards with three touchdown passes. Andrean has won four straight openers.

Lakeland’s one-two punch of Joey Fuller (123 rushing yards) and Cory Troyer (110 rushing yards) was too much for Prairie Heights as the Lakers rolled to 35-7 win. Lakeland coach Keith Thompson has never lost a season opener at Lakeland. Fuller also returned a punt for another score, while Troyer added a touchdown reception for the Lakers.

Brown County junior quarterback Dillon Boknecht completed 14-of-27 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown and added a TD run in the Eagles’ 22-14 win at Cloverdale. Senior Julian Ercoli had three receptions for 103 yards, and senior Dylan Quackenbush rushed for 100 yards on 13 rushes.

Cardinal Ritter junior quarterback Jake Purichia passed for 228 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 79 yards and two scores as the Raiders won a 42-41 thriller over Heritage Christian at the PeyBack Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium. In addition, Logan Beaman rushed 26 times for 209 yards and a touchdown for Ritter. Heritage Christian’s Matt Hunt passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 129 yards and two scores in the loss. Anthony Warrum had six receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.

Nick Faus was 20-of-28 for 294 yards and three touchdowns, leading Elkhart Central to a 51-3 drubbing of Elkhart Memorial. Faus added a rushing score as the Blazers captured the “Mangy Lion” for the first time since 2007. Central wide out Spencer Schnell had seven catches for 109 yards and two scores along with a 48-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Devan Emerson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, helping No. 3 (Class 3A) Jimtown roll to a 27-0 win over NorthWood. Signal caller Brody Olson tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Carter Gill and hauled in an interception for the Jimmies.

Quarterback Caston Sanchez threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and another score, lifting North Judson to a 41-15 win over John Glenn. Eric Beckman added three catches for 130 yards and two scores, including a 91-yard strike from Sanchez for the Bluejays.

Making his varsity debut, junior Tristan McClone tallied 295 yards and three touchdowns on 43 attempts, helping Warsaw post a 20-14 win over Columbia City. It marked the 100th career victory for Tigers’ coach Phil Jensen. McClone was three attempts shy of breaking Rod Wildman’s single-game school record for carries, a mark that was set in 1972 against Wawasee. He was also just 16 yards shy of breaking Brad Seiss’ single-game school record for rushing yards, a mark that was set in 2000 against Wawasee. Zach Shepler added 14 tackles for Warsaw, while Adam Neely paced the Eagles with 28 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown.

Hayes Barnes tallied four touchdowns as Culver Military Academy held on for a 27-22 win over Tippecanoe Valley. Barnes had 90 yards through the air and 72 on the ground for the Eagles. Signal caller Ben Shriver was 9-of-16 for 108 yards and two scores for the Vikings in the setback.

Blake Dailey rambled 17 times for 144 yards and one touchdown in Mississinewa’s 20-8 win over Manchester. Jacob Casper led the Squires with 109 yards rushing in 13 attempts.

Kyle Ostrander rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns in Fairfield’s 56-0 shutout of Central Noble. Cameron Kitson added 101 yards on the ground and three scores to help the Falcons snap a six-game losing streak.

Nick Dobkins accumulated 119 yards rushing and two scores, helping New Prairie roll to 42-14 win over LaPorte in Russ Radtke’s debut as the Cougars’ coach. Tyler Littlejohn had 15 catches for 202 yards and one score for the Slicers.

Michael Hamilton tallied 215 yards rushing and three scores on 24 carries, guiding West Central to a 41-21 win over Culver Community. Chantz Marlatt added 75 yards on the ground and one score to go along with touchdown pass from Hamilton for the Trojans.

Jeremy Gonzalez carried the football 26 times for 181 yards and one touchdown in Caston’s 28-20 win over Triton. Quentin Douglas tossed a pair of scores to Daniel Scales and ran for another tally for the Comets. Bryson Mosier completed 9-of-17 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans.

Michael Whitfield rolled 307 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns as Mishawaka Marian cruised to a 48-17 win over DeKalb. Whitfield ran for 147 yards and four scores and returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for another tally. Joe Walter added 12 tackles as the Knights handed DeKalb its 22nd straight loss.

Kyle Sturdy ran for two touchdowns and threw for 137 yards and another score in South Central’s 20-6 win over LaVille. Levi Lucas accounted for LaVille’s tally with a 90-yard kickoff return to begin the second half.

Frank Karczewski tossed a pair of touchdown passes in South Bend Adams’ 46-20 win over Northridge. Gavin Miller added a pair of scores, including a 70-yard interception return, for the Eagles. Tanner Adams threw and ran for scores for the Raiders, who have lost 12 straight games.

Josh Spitanle’s 21-yard field goal in the third quarter was the difference as Fort Wayne Snider edged three-time defending Class 2A state champion Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 10-7. The Panthers forced three turnovers and limited Bishop Luers to just 230 total yards. Signal caller Quinn Cook was 15-of-29 for 153 yards and one score for the Knights.

Kankakee Valley’s Tyler Birky carried 27 times for 340 yards and five touchdowns to power the Kougars to their first win over Rensselaer Central, 49-39, since 2007. In capturing the Cracker Barrel, the Kougars’ ground game gained 572 yards.

 

D’Marcus Moon rambled 27 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns in Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s 20-7 triumph over Fort Wayne South.

 

Matt Skowronek enjoyed a solid debut at quarterback by going 12-of-22 for 99 yards and one score as Homestead cruised to a 53-12 win over Huntington North. Grayson Bastin added 92 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries as the Spartans scored 46 unanswered points to erase a 12-7 deficit. Drew Schnitz finished 10-of-20 for 146 yards and two scores for the Vikings.

 

Chris Terry passed for 139 yards and one score and rambled for 63 yards on the ground, helping Carroll (Allen) cruise to a 45-7 win over Goshen.

 

Cory Miller tallied three touchdowns and Jay Petrie added two in Churubusco’s 46-13 triumph over Fremont. Jason Nicodemus chipped in 137 yards rushing and one score on 11 attempts for the Eagles.

 

Signal caller Noah Follett was 15-of-22 for 156 yards and three touchdowns as Garrett held on for a 32-27 win over Eastside. Porter also ran for 59 yards and a score as the Railroaders were successful in Chris DePew’s debut as head coach. Brandon Porter chipped in a touchdown run and reception for Garrett, while Blake Blaker threw for 203 yards and three scores for the Blazers.

 

Brad Busse and Josh Hall combined for more than 250 yards rushing and three scores in Bellmont’s 26-19 win over Woodlan. Busse tallied 134 yards and one score on 18 attempts, while Hall had 17 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Woodlan running back T.J. Sewell accumulated 194 yards and two scores on 11 attempts.

 

In New Haven’s 20-14 win over Heritage, Kevin Ware passed for 123 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score. Anthony Moore chipped in 24 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

 

Rance Harris carried the football 16 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns as Leo rolled to a 56-14 win over Norwell. Lions’ signal caller Sam Walters completed only three passes, but they were all for touchdowns.

Dalton Combs was 9-of-13 for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Adams Central’s 53-14 victory over Blackford. Kyle Baker added three scores, while Alex Byerly and Braxton Wolf added two apiece for the Flying Jets. One of Wolf’s touchdowns came on a 100-yard interception return. Trace Oswalt paced the Bruins with a pair of scores.

Quarterback C.J. Jackson was a one-man wrecking crew for Fort Wayne North in a 54-33 win over Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran. Jackson was 14-of-22 for 282 yards passing with two touchdowns and ran 16 times for 166 yards and two scores. Zach McKinstry added four catches for 103 yards for the Redskins. David Morrison was 21-of-32 for 187 yards and one score for Concordia. Brandon Webb had seven receptions for 116 yards, and Brydon Williams added two touchdowns for the Cadets.

Nic Weimer finished 15-of-23 for 199 yards and three touchdowns as East Noble rolled to a 40-7 win over Fort Wayne Northrop. Weimer also ran for a score for the Knights in coach Luke Amstutz’s first game at East Noble. Northrop quarterback Colin Brockhouse completed 20-of-39 passes for 217 yards.

Running back Levi Weddle rambled 28 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns as Springs Valley posted a 46-29 win over Silver Creek. Weddle also completed 4-of-10 passes for 65 yards and two scores, while Ryan Warren added 165 yards on the ground on 29 carries for the Blackhawks. Quarterback Brooks Howell was 15-of-21 for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and Layne Taylor added 144 yards rushing on 16 attempts for Silver Creek.

Alex Cowan passed for 137 yards and two scores and ran for 118 yards and another tally in Columbus East’s 31-28 win over Bloomington North. Markell Jones added 21 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown for the Olympians. Lorrell Williams tossed for 103 yards and one touchdown and ran for 84 yards and another score for North. Ty Smith added 108 yards on the ground and one touchdown for the Cougars.

Christian Perry scored two touchdowns and Robert Webb passed for 116 yards (8-of-20) in Southport’s 27-13 loss to Indianapolis Roncalli.

Cole Sermersheim had 33 carries for 197 yards and Devon Traylor added a pair of touchdowns in Jasper’s 21-7 victory over Evansville Memorial. Linebacker Kelsey Coslett recorded 21 tackles, including 13 solos, for Memorial.

Caleb Robinson had 19 tackles and Carter Lewis added 18 as Greencastle used a 15-point fourth quarter to rally for a 21-7 victory over Monrovia Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Nate Christy added a pair of touchdowns for the Tiger Cubs.

Running back Martayveus Carter tallied 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just nine carries in East Chicago Central’s 48-20 win over Hammond. Carter also hauled in two passes for 47 yards and one score and recorded 14 tackles, including 11 solos, for the Cardinals. Carlos Fernandez was 8-of-15 for 163 yards and one score, and Patrick Shaw added 13 tackles, including 10 solos, for EC Central.

Speedway quarterback Austin Anglea went 12-of-18 for 122 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score in a 49-2 thrashing of Lapel. Justin Brent hauled in three touchdown passes, and freshman kicker Melanie McHenry converted all seven of her extra-point attempts for the Sparkplugs. Logan Alberts was the lone bright spot for Lapel with 16 carries for 114 yards.

Frankton rolled up 348 yards on the ground in a 45-0 blanking of Anderson Prep Academy. Nic Clark had 17 carries for 127 yards and two scores, and Zac Turner added two more tallies for the Eagles. Cole Douglas chipped in 85 yards rushing and a touchdown on his four attempts for Frankton.

Running back Nick McElroy ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Clinton Prairie’s 41-8 drubbing of Frontier. Signal caller Ryan Walker was 8-of-10 for 114 yards and two scores for the Gophers.

Jake Hobson paced a balanced attack with 119 yards rushing and one score, helping Greenwood roll to a 52-6 win over Anderson. Kyle Deal added 102 yards on the ground and two scores, while Ben Heller and Ethan Bailey chipped in two touchdowns apiece for the Woodman. Jerian Beard finished with 19 carries for 152 yards and one score for the Indians.

Rocky Leffler scored a pair of touchdowns, leading Indianapolis Scecina Memorial to a 27-12 win over Elwood. Austin Dauenhauer tossed two touchdown passes in the setback for the Panthers.

Quarterback Blaize Kelly was 22-of-35 for 298 yards and one touchdown in Alexandria’s 14-6 win over Wes-Del. Kelly also ran for a score in the victory.

Nathan Rogers returned a pair of interceptions for scores, guiding North Montgomery to a 32-6 win over Benton Central. Brett Warren also returned a pick for a touchdown for the Chargers. North Montgomery signal caller Jalen West finished 13-of-21 for 163 yards and one touchdown and also ran for 53 yards.

Jesse Furrow went 5-of-11 for 134 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score in Pendleton Heights’ 42-13 win over Muncie Central. Jon Furrow chipped in 118 yards on the ground and one score for the Arabians.

Cole Barlett accounted for almost 300 total yards and three touchdowns in Hagerstown’s 35-27 win over Shenandoah. Barlett ran 11 times for 175 yards and one score and completed 8-of-14 passes for 114 yards and two scores. Evan Young had 211 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and T.J. Netherly added 101 yards rushing for the Raiders, who had their 18-game regular season winning streak halted.

Jared Fishero ran for a score and passed for another, helping Fountain Central rally for a 21-18 win over Southmont. Quarterback Devon Burton had 19 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns and completed 7-of-13 passes for 124 yards and another tally for the Mounties.

Cade Wilke and Ke’Andre Vaughn tallied two touchdowns as Evansville Reitz held on for a 29-23 victory over Henderson County (Ky.).

Evansville Mater Dei quarterback Jace Hartz was 11-of-20 for 209 yards and four scores, leading the Wildcats to a 34-7 win over Heritage Hills. Wide out Jacob Fleming added a pair of touchdown receptions for Mater Dei, and Gabe Konerding ran 78 yards for Heritage Hills’ tally.

Aaron Killebrew had 149 total yards and three touchdowns, helping Evansville Harrison roll to a 52-7 win over West Vigo. Quarterback Eric Blackman was 14-of-21 for 180 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score for the Warriors.

Princeton saw its 29-game losing streak come to a halt with a 42-34 win over Wood Memorial. Deon Hardiman rambled for 243 yards and one touchdown, caught a pass for another score, and returned a fumble 65 yards for a third score as the Tigers gave new coach Waylon Schenk a victory in his debut. Princeton signal caller Colton Wilder tossed a pair of touchdowns, while Jayson Jamerson ran for two scores, intercepted a pass, and forced a fumble.

Michael Cannato’s extra-point in the third quarter was the difference as Mt. Vernon (Posey) held on for a 7-6 win over Tell City.

Daniel Perez tallied a pair of scores as Southridge rolled to a 48-14 win over Clarksville. Marquise Parrish had kickoff returns of 85 and 95 yards for touchdowns for the Generals in defeat.

Jake McConnell connected on field goals of 34 and 48 yards in Booneville’s 20-3 win over Washington. Evan Hendrickson completed 7-of-15 passes for 153 yards for the Pioneers, and Tyler Edmiston netted 112 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Hatchets.

Running back Wes Harness ran 18 times for 169 yards and four scores, lifting North Posey to a 51-0 triumph over South Spencer. Nick Neidig caught a touchdown pass and booted a field goal for the Vikings.

Freshman quarterback Eric Wilhite went 10-of-18 for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Castle’s 35-24 win over Terre Haute North. Jon-Marc Anderson had five catches for 111 yards and one score, and Andrew Finch added 127 yards rushing on 34 carries for the Knights.

Tyler Metcalfe tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Isaac Hampton in Indianapolis Broad Ripple’s 18-9 win over Northview. Jamonte Hampton added 106 yards rushing on 26 attempts for the Rockets.

Jason Kirchhoff tallied 148 yards rushing and one score on 22 attempts in North Decatur’s 33-14 win over Union County. It marked a successful debut in Garry Sauley’s return as head coach for the Chargers. Signal caller Brock Ricke completed 6-of-12 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns for the winners.

Josh Smith came up with three interceptions as South Decatur cruised to a 28-13 win over Cambridge City Lincoln.

Nyles Edwards’ 26-yard field goal with 2.3 seconds left allowed Avon to escape with a 17-14 win over Hamilton Southeastern.

Matt Siergiej ran for 121 yards and Blake Luker tossed for 107 yards and two scores in New Palestine’s 26-20 loss to Whiteland.

Tayler Persons’ one-yard run in overtime was the difference as Kokomo edged Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 28-21. Michael Copeland added 23 carries for 95 yards and two scores for the Wildkats.

Trenton Brazel had seven carries for 87 yards and one touchdown and hauled in three passes for 36 yards and another tally in Northwestern’s 27-13 win over Clinton Central. Brandon Curry chipped in 109 yards rushing and one score on 13 carries for the Tigers. Clinton Central quarterback Jeff Scott threw for one touchdown and ran 17 times for 106 yards and another score.

Wide out Dominique Booth caught 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, leading Indianapolis Pike to a 23-6 win over North Central (Indianapolis). Signal caller Brent Lyles finished 19-of-32 for 198 yards, and running back Derrick Wilkerson added 124 yards rushing on 19 attempts for the Red Devils. James Mitchell returned a kickoff 95 yards for North Central’s tally.

James Gilbert tallied 103 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 attempts, leading Indianapolis Tech to a 33-20 triumph over Fort Wayne Wayne. Dylan Massey added two scores for the Titans. Rajshawn Mosley added 15 tackles, four quarterback sacks, and four tackles for losses, and William Lee tallied 12 tackles for Tech.

Brody Forbes connected on a 27-yard field goal with 23.1 seconds left, helping West Lafayette rally for a 9-7 win over Tri-West.

Tipton quarterback Austin Hooker went 17-of-27 for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 19-14 win over Hamilton Heights Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Hooker also had 18 rushes for 65 yards and a score, while James Altherr and Josh Snider added 11 and 10 tackles respectively for Tipton. Corey Beck completed 16-of-34 passes for 276 yards and one score for the Huskies. Landon Cunningham finished with 13 tackles and Spencer Dull had 12 for Hamilton Heights.

Westfield quarterback Nick Ferrer threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Kory Kostecka, in the Shamrocks’ 27-7 triumph against Lafayette Harrison. Drezden Johnson’s 95-yard kickoff return for a score was the lone bright spot for the Raiders, who have dropped 17 straight contests.

Jordan Ham rambled for 74 yards and a score as Frankfort downed Western, 21-8, to snap an 11-game losing streak.

Brandon Dovers booted field goals of 33, 27, and 43 yards Saturday, helping Brownsburg post a 36-9 win over McCutcheon. Indiana recruit Chase Dutra added a 74-yard punt return for a score for the Bulldogs. Nate Deno had a 95-yard kickoff return to lead the Mavericks.

Tyler Munson carried the football 16 times for 194 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown, leading Seeger to a 24-14 win over Rockville. Trevor Bowlus chipped in 13 tackles for the Patriots. Ryan Lewis passed and ran for scores for the Rox.

Jake Reneau and Ryan Spesard combined for 230 yards rushing and three touchdowns in Carroll (Flora)’s 41-19 win over Tri-County. Reneau finished with 126 yards and one score, and Spesard added 104 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Dillon hauled in two touchdown passes for the Cougars, while Riley Benner tossed three touchdown passes for the Cavaliers.

Chad Schultz accumulated three touchdowns, including a 75-yard punt return as North Newton downed South Newton, 37-20. Austin Drinski had a pair of scores, including a 98-yard kickoff return for South Newton. Jared Chavez added 18 tackles and Jake West had 12 for the Rebels in the setback.

Carson Davis accumulated 190 yards and four scores on just eight carries in Attica’s 66-0 blanking of Riverton Parke. Lance Whorall and Tyler Jordan added two scores apiece as the Red Ramblers rolled up 406 yards on the ground.

Cole Hileman turned in quite a performance for North White in its 37-15 win over Taylor. Hileman had three rushes for 158 yards, including a 96-yard romp for a touchdown, completed 3-of-7 passes for 69 yards and one score, and recorded 16 tackles.

Will Rogers had nine carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns as Twin Lakes posted a 33-9 win over Logansport. Zach Diener added a pair of scores as the Indians won the coaching debut of Justin Gardiner. Bo Bullard threw for 111 yards and one score, and Braxton Berkshire had 12 tackles for the Berries.

Karson Allen tallied 25 carries for 196 yards in Covington’s 26-7 loss to South Vermillion.

Tuwan Payton had 14 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns as New Albany posted a 28-15 win over Providence. Matt Bell ran 24 times for 115 yards and one score for Providence.

Tyler Frindley completed 13-of-23 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in Jeffersonville’s 29-25 loss to Louisville Eastern. Frindey also had eight carries for 76 yards and one score. Ricky Embry added five catches for 135 yards and two scores for the Red Devils, who have not won a season-opener since 1992.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Washington ran and threw for scores in Michigan City’s 33-0 shutout over Gary Roosevelt. James Washington added a touchdown run and interception as the Wolves snapped their nine-game losing streak.

Quarterback Aaron Daniel accounted for more than 260 total yards and six touchdowns in Charlestown’s 67-14 thrashing of Madison. Daniel threw for 120 yards and three scores and rambled for 149 yards and three more tallies.

Jamie Antonoglou was a one-man machine for Union City in its 33-0 win over Tri. Antonoglou ran for a touchdown, returned a punt 63 yards for another score, and recorded 12 tackles. The Indians limited Tri to just 52 total yards.

Dillon Bailey rushed 15 times for 189 yards and five touchdowns and threw for another score in North Central (Farmersburg)’s 60-14 thrashing of Union (Dugger). Chase VanSchoyck added 139 yards on the ground and one score on 16 attempts, and Jordan Caton chipped in two more touchdowns for the Thunderbirds. Sterling Langley scored twice for the Bulldogs.

Anthony Taylor-Cooper tossed for 135 yards (8-of-13) and a pair of touchdown passes as Warren Central rolled to a 35-7 win over Merrillville at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Whiting signal caller A.J. Veloz threw two touchdown passes Saturday in the Oilers’ 47-0 blanking of Hammond Clark in the “Battle of 119th Street.” Keegan Rooke and Rudy Wanek added two touchdowns apiece for the Oilers.

Purdue recruit David Yancey overcame a bout with strep throat to run for 105 yards and two scores in Lake Central’s 40-0 win over Munster.

Before leaving with a leg injury, East Central running back Greg Bonomini had 19 carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the Trojans’ 35-6 win over Richmond. Bonomini’s replacement, Cade Knueven, had 17 rushes for 99 yards and two scores in the second half.

Dakota Ervin and Blake Evans tallied two scores each in Connersville’s 34-27 win over Rushville. Clay Tressler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for Rushville.

Tyler Seibert accounted for 234 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, leading Terre Haute South to 34-24 win over Indian Creek. Seibert had five catches for 173 yards and three scores and carried the football five times for 61 yards and one score. Signal caller Danny Etling completed 15-of-27 passes for 267 yards and four scores for the Braves. Indian Creek signal caller Matthew Wray went 15-of-27 for 193 yards and two touchdown passes to Kyle Meiklejohn. Brendon Smith added 11 catches for 128 yards for the Braves in defeat.

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Coach Pagano Press Conference

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Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano will be holding a press conference today at 12:00 pm EST. You can watch the press conference live at www.colts.com/live .

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SECONDARY ANXIOUS TO CREATE TURNOVERS IN 2012

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:54 am

Some would call it a gift he didn’t deserve.

But ask any defender and an interception is an interception no matter how it falls into your hands.

That was the case for Antoine Bethea on Sunday evening as the Pro Bowl safety almost seemed a bit surprised when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s pass ended up in his outstretched hands.

“It’s the easiest interception I’ve gotten so far (in his seven-year career),” Bethea said. “Hopefully, there are some more that’s coming.”

The interception for Bethea came on the game’s initial drive as on a third-and-6, Roethlisberger looked to his right and didn’t seem to see the Colts safety lurking in the flat.

It’s turnovers like those that the Colts hope to  be recipients of a lot during the regular season. Cornerback Jerraud Powers joked with his secondary mate of how easy the interception was, but didn’t do it without acknowledging those up front for disrupting Roethlisberger.

“You saw the one with Antoine, we were kind of laughing about it, I don’t think Antoine has ever had a pick that just comes right to him,” Powers said. “It was one of those situations where they were causing pressure up front, (Roethilsberger) had to get the ball out quick and it went right to him. I think we’ll have more of that once the season gets here.”

Through the first two games of the preseason, the Colts front seven has been able to get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

The Colts have recorded five sacks and it’s that pressure that has those in the secondary excited about what could happen during the regular season.

“When they’re playing great, the front seven, usually the backend is playing pretty good too,” Powers said. “When they can get pressure on the quarterback and cause havoc up there, it makes our job easier because quarterbacks are trying to get the ball out and quick and we can kind of sit back there and just make plays, make some easy picks.”

Last season, Bethea and Powers combined for just two interceptions in 28 total games played.

The secondary hasn’t received a ton of attention in regards to adapting to a new defensive scheme but the members know that the chances are there to create turnovers in 2012.

“In the new scheme we are in now, there is opportunity to get some cheap ones, some tipped balls, quarterbacks really not seeing you, just throwing it to you,” Bethea said. “Coaches always say if you catch the ones that are thrown to you, you’ll lead the league (in interceptions). That’s just something we want to harp on and hopefully I’ll get some more this year.”

 


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BALLARD PRODUCING FOR LOADED ROOKIE CLASS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 21, 2012 – 8:00 pm

When comparing himself to his other offensive teammates drafted in April’s NFL’s Draft, running back Vick Ballard is flying under the radar.

He wasn’t the No. 1 pick, isn’t part of a rookie tight end tandem and isn’t a wide receiver that is making plays in the return game.

Yet, through two weeks of the preseason, Ballard has made his name known to Colts fans.

Ballard leads Colts running backs with 16 carries for 62 yards and has seen a good amount of time with the first team offense.

“I think I’m doing pretty good but I think I still have a long way to go,” Ballard said. “As far as like making my pre-snap reads, I feel like I can be a lot better at that. As a whole, I think I’ve done pretty well.”

This past Sunday against the Steelers, Ballard saw some extended playing time with running backs Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore sidelined with rib injuries.

The opportunity to take meaningful reps was beneficial to Ballard, who made sure to play within himself even though he was running with the first team.

“I don’t want to try and do too much because that causes you to make a mistake,” Ballard said. “Whenever I have the ball in my hands, I just think of it as playing football. Do what got you here, be consistent.”

Inside the running backs meeting room, Ballard said he has picked the brains of both Moore and starting running back Donald Brown.

During minicamp, head coach Chuck Pagano called Brown the ‘bell cow’ of the running back position but also pointed out that the team would call on more than one running back during the regular season.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ system seems to fit to Brown’s strengths and Pagano is pleased with what he’s seen out of his starter.

“He’d be the first to tell you from a scheme stand point, it’s basically what he did in college. So he feels very comfortable running the plays we’re running now. So it doesn’t surprise me to see him make the plays that he’s making,” Pagano said.

“Plus I watch him step up and protect on third down and hit these big linebackers from the Steelers last Sunday night and protect his quarterback. So from a protection standpoint, running the football and catching the football out in the backfield, he’s having a great camp and he’s well on his way to having a great year.”

It is the art of pass protecting that most rookie running backs struggle with in adjusting to the NFL.

Ballard now has the opportunity to watch Brown’s work in the pass blocking game and with a little more time, the Colts will have added another weapon to an already productive offense.

“You watch a guy like Vick Ballard run and a guy like Donnie Brown, what he’s been able to do with this new system. There’s some guys that obviously we’ve surrounded Andrew with, offensive linemen that you’ve brought in, the free agent guys are starting to mesh and gel. I feel really good about where we’re at offensively,” Pagano said.


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