Pep Hamilton is a couple of weeks into his tenure as the Colts’ offensive coordinator.
His first extended comments on what he wants to bring to the club came today.
After serving for three successful seasons at Stanford, the final two as coordinator, Hamilton relishes the chance to coach football full-time.
Hamilton particularly likes joining the Colts, saying it is a chance to win the championship of all championships.
He envisions a wide-range offense that could include elements of the wildcat, read-option and pistol attacks. He mentioned influences in his coaching past such as Norv Turner. Turner came from the Don Coryell school of attacking the field.
Hamilton wants a varied approach that emphasizes the strengths of players and cites “poise, speed and execution” as musts.
Read more later today on Colts.com.
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Colts.com takes a closer look at the 38 wide receivers invited to this year’s NFL Combine. The 2013 combine takes place Indianapolis and begins on Feb. 20, spanning six days. The wide receivers invited are as followed:
Wide Receivers (38)
*Indicates eligibility remaining
*Kennan Allen – California
-Allen enters the draft with a year of eligibility remaining and as one of the most talented receivers in the nation. In 2011, Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards earning All-Pac-12 honors with his half-brother quarterbacking the Bears.
Tavon Austin – West Virginia
-A converted high school running back, Austin became one of the most electrifying players in college football. During his senior season, Austin scored a touchdown by catch, rush, kick and punt return and finished the season with nearly 2,000 yards of total offense.
*Stedman Bailey – West Virginia
-In 2011, Bailey re-wrote the Mountaineers receiving records and then turned around and shattered those marks the following season. Bailey leaves WVU with a year of eligibility remaining after hauling in 114 catches for 1,622 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.
Alan Bonner – Jacksonville St
-Trying to play at the next level, Bonner has the tools to be an NFL slot receiver. This past season, Bonner tallied 10 receptions for 235 yards and five touchdowns against UT-Martin. Bonner is Jacksonville State’s all-time career leader in punt return yards (972) and punt returns (87).
Josh Boyce – Texas Christian
-Boyce had at least 646 yards receiving in each of his three seasons of playing for the Horned Frogs. The 203-pound Boyce recorded a career-high 180 yards receiving, and two touchdowns, in a 39-38 double overtime victory against West Virginia this past season.
Marlon Brown – Georgia
-A knee injury that ended the final two months of Brown’s senior season will be the talk of the combine for the six-foot-five-inch receiver. Brown had three 100-yard receiving games last season and helped lead the Bulldogs to the SEC East title.
Marcus Davis – Virginia Tech
-Davis brings one of the bigger frames of any receiver at the 2013 combine. Davis, who is listed at six-feet-four-inches and 234 pounds, converted from quarterback early in his college career and capped his career with 51 receptions for 953 yards in 2012.
Aaron Dobson – Marshall
-Dobson, a 2013 Senior Bowl participant, is best known for this one-handed touchdown catch he made during his junior season against East Carolina. In his final three seasons in Huntington, Dobson reeled in at least 44 catches and 679 yards each year.
Tyrone Goard – Eastern Kentucky
-Goard hails from the same conference as Bonner and is hoping to prove he can play at the highest of levels. At six-feet-four-inches, Board excels in the red zone and hauled in four touchdown passes in one game this past season.
Marquise Goodwin – Texas
-Goodwin competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Triple Jump, finishing in 10th place. The electric receiver followed up his Olympic appearance with an outstanding end to his senior season. Goodwin was named MVP of the Alamo Bowl and received strong reviews from those attending the Senior Bowl.
Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas
-A trio of Razorback skill position players concludes with Hamilton. This past season, the six-feet-three-inch Hamilton had 90 catches for 1,335 yards including an SEC-record 303-yard performance against Rutgers.
Chris Harper – Kansas St
-At 234 pounds, Harper is a physical presence at the receiver position and settled into the spot upon transferring from Oregon after his freshman season. Harper returned to his home state of Kansas and capped his senior season with 58 catches for 857 receiving yards.
Mark Harrison – Rutgers
-Harrison came up with a pair of 100-yard receiving games to close out his senior season leading Rutgers to the Big East Championship game. At six-feet-three-inches and 234 pounds, Harrison can also line up at the h-back position.
*DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson
-A key component to Clemson’s electric offense, Hopkins turned in an All-America effort with 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. Hopkins had six 100-yard receiving games including a 13-catch, 191-yard performance in Clemson’s 25-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over LSU.
*Justin Hunter – Tennessee
-A former star long-jumper, the six-foot-four-inch Hunter came on in his junior season with 73 catches for 1,083 yards. Hunter was a frequent target of quarterback Tyler Bray and both left Tennessee with a year of eligibility remaining.
Darius Johnson – SMU
-The diminutive Johnson showcased his speed in the slot position for the Mustangs the last three seasons. Johnson caught at least 64 passes and 787 yards each year since 2010.
*Brandon Kaufman – Eastern Washington
-At six-feet-five-inches, Kaufman dominated the FCS level but also recorded 148- and 142-yard receiving games against Idaho and Washington State this past season. In 2012, Kaufman hauled in 93 passes for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Tavarres King – Georgia
-King capped a productive career with a 142-yard receiving performance in the SEC Championship game and followed that up with a 104-yard effort in the Bulldogs 45-31 Capitol One Bowl victory against Nebraska.
Alec Lemon – Syracuse
-Ryan Nassib’s favorite target was Lemon, pulling in 70 catches for 1,070 yards this past season. In Lemon’s school record 12-catch, 244-yard performance against Missouri, the senior wide receiver caught all four passes on the game winning drive.
Aaron Mellette – Elon
-Over his final two seasons with Elon, Mellete turned in three games of at least 236 yards receiving and a total of 17-of-22 contests with 100+ yards. Questions about Mellette’s competition will arise but there’s no denying his frame of six-feet-four-inches and 220 pounds.
T.J. Moe – Missouri
-As a three-year starter for the Tigers, Moe had his most productive season in 2010, catching 92 balls for 1,045 yards. A sure-handed target, Moe evolved into a receiver after becoming one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks during his high school days in Alabama.
*Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee
-A junior college transfer, Patterson spent one season in Knoxville teaming with Hunter and quarterback Tyler Bray to record 46 catches for 778 yards. Patterson also contributed with 25 rushes, four punt returns and 24 kick returns while accounting for at least one touchdown in each area.
Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech
-In just two seasons with Louisiana Tech, Patton caught 183 balls for 2,592 yards and 24 touchdowns. In a 59-57 loss to Texas A&M this season, Patton tied a school record with 21 catches for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
Denard Robinson – Michigan
-Robinson rewrote the record books for a dual threat quarterback in the Big Ten, but he will be adapting to the receiver position at the next level. During the final three games of his college career, Robinson made the switch to the receiver spot and caught three catches for 31 yards.
*Da’Rick Rogers – Tennessee Tech
-Rogers began his collegiate career at Tennessee, earning All-SEC honors in 2011 when he caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. Scouts have raved about the talent the six-foot-three-inch, 206-pound Rogers possess.
Lanear Sampson – Baylor
-Over the past four seasons, Sampson was a consistent receiving threat for one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. Sampson played in 51 career games for the Bears and is thought to be one of the fastest receivers at the combine.
*Ace Sanders – South Carolin
-Sanders is perhaps the finest punt returner in the combine. Sanders left South Carolina with one year of eligibility remaining and finished off his senior season with 36 catches for 439 yards to go along with 25 punt returns for 363 yards.
Rodney Smith – Florida St.
-The six-foot-six-inch Smith is the tallest of all the receivers heading to the 2013 combine. In his three seasons as a frequent contributor to the Seminoles offense, Smith caught 105 balls for 1,033 yards and ten touchdowns.
Ryan Spadola – Lehigh
-Spadola battled a case of mononucleosis during his senior season but still managed 57 catches for 851 yards. In 2011, Spadola set a single-season Patriot League record with 1,614 receiving yards.
*Kenny Stills – Oklahoma
-From the first day in Norman, Stills was a productive receiver in a heavy-passing attack. He set school records for freshmen back in 2010 and ended his career with 204 receptions for 2,594 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. Stills has NFL bloodlines in his family with his father, Ken (Packers and Vikings), and uncle, Gary (Chiefs and Ravens).
Ryan Swope – Texas A&M
-The sure-handed Swope was a frequent target of Aggies quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel. Over the last three seasons, Swope hauled in at least 72 passes for 825 yards, including a school-record junior campaign (89 catches for 1,207 yards).
Kenbrell Thompkins – Cincinnati
-Thompkins played at Cincinnati following two seasons at junior college. A Miami native, Thompkins recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 500 receiving yards.
Conner Vernon – Duke
-Vernon was a major reason why the Blue Devils returned to postseason play for the first time since 1994. A three-time All-ACC honoree, Vernon set conference records with 273 receptions for 3,630 yards.
Markus Wheaton – Oregon St.
-The dynamic Wheaton was a key cog in a number of areas for the Beavers’ offense. During his senior season, Wheaton caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 20 carries and another two scores.
Terrance Williams – Baylor
-In earning All-America honors in 2012, Williams hauled in 97 passes for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns. Williams had eight games of at least 131 yards receiving this past season including a 17-catch, Big-12 record 314-yard effort in a 70-63 loss to West Virginia.
*Marques Wilson – Washington St.
-Wilson will have some questions to answer to NFL personnel in discussing why he quit the Washington State team in mid-November of this past season. Before that, Wilson was in the midst of another All-Conference type season. Over his three seasons in Pullman, Wilson caught 189 passes for 3,207 yards and 23 touchdowns.
*Robert Woods – Southern California
-Woods follows a strong lineage of Trojan wide receivers into the NFL. In 2011, Woods earned All-America honors with 111 receptions for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
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The 1999 off-season was a dramatic period in Colts history, though not many more than two people were involved.
That was when Peyton Manning (entering his second year) and Marvin Harrison worked tirelessly and created a portion of the telepathy that haunted the NFL for years.
The off-season work on the club’s practice field resulted in 115 completions for 1,663 yards and 12 touchdowns that year.
The duo combined for 953 completions for 12,766 yards and 112 touchdowns in 158 games together, totals that stand as NFL records.
Chuck Pagano now has a new second-year quarterback in Andrew Luck. Luck set the NFL rookie passing mark in 2012 with 4,374 yards, snapping Manning’s rookie total of 3,739 along the way.
Workout rules are different now, but Pagano expects Luck to use the off-season to do much of the same thing.
“It’s never going to be the same as it was (in 1999 with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison) just because of rules and the way the CBA is set up now,” said Pagano. “They just don’t let you throw and catch anymore as much as they used to.”
Pagano was one of many coaches who felt the wrath of Manning-to-Harrison.
“They could just look at each other and be on the same page with no communication at all,” said Pagano. “You have that many throws and catches, I used to marvel when we played them back in the day.
“The different places I’ve been, I watched them go through pre-game. Pre-game was just fun for me. They’d run the whole route tree and go up and down the field. You knew exactly what was coming, but you still couldn’t stop it from a defense’s perspective.”
Luck represents a significant portion of the new era for the Colts. He follows in the heritage of John Unitas, Bert Jones, Earl Morrall and Manning, and Pagano sees Luck being the ringleader for off-season chemistry.
“These guys are going to get together at some point somewhere, but it’s never going to be the same as it used to be,” said Pagano. “I think through OTAs, training camp and seasons the longer this group is together, especially the young tight ends and receivers, the chemistry will start to improve year in and year out.
“The way the CBA is set up and the restrictions they put on you, it makes it harder to accomplish and build that bond.”
Manning and Harrison became the first QB-WR duo to top 10,000 passing yards. They are the only one to surpass 100 touchdown connections.
The second NFL duo to reach 10,000 passing yards was Manning and Reggie Wayne. They totaled 10,602 yards in 157 games.
Manning’s first year was Harrison’s third, and they played for 11 seasons. Manning’s fourth year was Wayne’s first, and they played for 10 years.
Luck and Wayne intersected in 2012, combining for 1,355 yards. Father time will prevent Wayne from reaching 10,000 yards with a second quarterback, but Luck has young targets who one day may approach the milestone.
Regardless, Pagano sees Luck working within the rules to conjure telepathy of his own.
“There’s no doubt (Andrew will do that, too). He’ll orchestrate that,” said Pagano. “Those guys being on the same page and developing that chemistry, that’s how you get to the point where Manning and Harrison or Manning and Reggie (Wayne) got.
“I have no doubt in my mind that when it comes to that, Andrew will do what he has to do to make that happen.”
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