The Indianapolis Colts today signed nine undrafted free agents including: tackle Emmett Cleary, kicker Brandon McManus, running back Dan Moore, running back Denodus O’Bryant, cornerback Sheldon Price, linebacker C.O. Prime, wide receiver Rodrick Rumble, wide receiver Lanear Sampson and cornerback Daxton Swanson. The team also waived running back Alvester Alexander, fullback Robert Hughes and linebacker Shawn Loiseau.
Cleary, 6-7, 313 pounds, played in all 48 games on the offensive line during his career at Boston College. Over his final two seasons, he started every game, playing right tackle his junior year and left tackle his senior year. In 2012, he blocked for an offense that averaged 259.3 passing yards per game, the most for the team since 2007. In 2011, he helped pave the way for six 100-yard rushing performances throughout the season.
McManus, 6-3, 201 pounds, holds Temple career records for points scored (338), field goals made (60) and attempted (83) and punting average (45.4). As a senior in 2012, he earned All-Big East first-team honors after leading the team in scoring (74) on 14-of-17 field goals and 32-of-33 extra points. He also averaged 45.1 yards per punt, pinned 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and had a long kick of 68 yards. McManus handled kickoff duties as well and recorded 40 touchbacks on 56 total kickoffs.
Moore, 5-11, 235 pounds, was a four-year letterman at Montana and compiled 924 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 38 career games. He also caught 26 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. As a junior in 2011, he posted career-high numbers, rushing 120 times for 430 yards and seven touchdowns, which ranked second on the team.
O’Bryant, 5-9, 194 pounds, was a two-time NAIA All-America selection, three-time all-conference choice and two-time conference MVP at Lindenwood University. He is the school’s all-time career leader in total touchdowns (62), rushing touchdowns (38), rushing yards (3,237) and kick return yards (1,377). O’Bryant also finished with 1,512 receiving yards, 6,126 all-purpose yards, 12 100-yard rushing games and three 100-yard receiving games.
Price, 6-2, 180 pounds, competed in 47 games (45 starts) at UCLA and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. He participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game following a senior season in which he started all 13 games and tied for the team lead with a career-high four interceptions.
Prime, 6-1, 255 pounds, started 38-of-45 games at Wagner College and registered 297 tackles (111 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and two interceptions. As a senior, he started all 13 games and led the team in tackles (98), while posting two forced fumbles and an interception. As a junior, Prime finished second on the team and 10th in the Northeast Conference with 80 tackles.
Rumble, 6-2, 201 pounds, graduated as Idaho State’s all-time leading receiver with 223 receptions for 2,863 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 223 career catches were the fifth most by any active player in the FCS and his 2,863 yards ranked sixth. Rumble finished his collegiate career with a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a record-setting campaign as a junior. In 2011, he set a school single-season record for receptions (112), while ranking second in receiving yards (1,348) and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns (nine).
Sampson, 5-11, 205 pounds, played in all 51 games for Baylor and recorded 165 receptions for 1,905 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His 165 receptions rank fifth in school history and he finished his collegiate career with a 43-game reception streak, which ranked second nationally at the end of 2012. Sampson capped his collegiate career with a senior season which included career highs of 52 catches for 646 yards and six touchdowns.
Swanson, 5-11, 185 pounds, graduated Sam Houston State as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions (14), while finishing second in all-time interception return yards (228). In addition, he recorded 129 tackles (96 solo), 43 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 41 career games. Over his final two seasons, he paced the Bearkats in interceptions and passes defensed. As a junior in 2011, Swanson set a school record, led the Southland Conference and ranked No. 3 nationally with eight interceptions. Following the season, he was named an Associated Press and CollegeSports.com All-America third-team selection.
Alexander was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2012 before being waived on July 17. He was then signed by the Colts on August 15 and spent time on the practice squad during the season. On December 26, he was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad before later signing with the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 9, 2013.
Hughes played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. He was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 9, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 29.
Loiseau was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2012 before being signed to the Colts practice squad on November 13, 2012. He was then signed to a reserve/future contract on January 7, 2013.
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