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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 10TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 10, 2013 – 9:37 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Friday, May 10th:

Indianapolis Colts rookie lineman Hugh Thornton overcomes murder of mother, sister to reach NFL

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

When Ryan Grigson gave his synopsis of the Colts draft picks two weeks ago, he called his selections a bunch of overcomes.

Thornton’s story is something that after reading it is still difficult to believe.

Chappell writes a wonderful piece explaining Thornton’s experience of having his sister and mother murdered in the same home he was in at the age of 12.

He then goes into Thornton’s draft night and the jubilation he was able to share with family and friends in finding a spot in the NFL.

“I know my mom and sister are proud of me and my family is proud of me,” he said. “This is just the beginning, too. End of one chapter, the beginning of the next chapter.’’

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck reaffirms comfort zone with new ‘O,’ Pep Hamilton

By: Philip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

Luck joined the NFL Total Access program on Wednesday evening to cover a variety of topics with host Scott Hanson.

Here for the full allotment of OTAs this season, Luck feels much more at ease this offseason and that is aided by offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

“I am 100 percent more comfortable,” Luck said. “On this day last year, I was probably sitting in class. It is nice to be able to have the full offseason with the team. We have changed (offensive) coordinators, but I have had a great relationship with Pep Hamilton from before. To be around him and talk his style of offense has been great. It is just nice to be around the guys.”

Luck and a plethora of rookies help lead a youthful roster into the playoffs last season and the hope is to carry that momentum into 2013.

“Hopefully we build off the experience — young guys and the older guys — and continue to get better,” Luck said. “I think we are very fortunate to have to great veteran leadership — Robert Mathis, Reggie Wayne, Cory Redding, Antoine Bethea — that really have set the standard here and know how to win. We just try to follow their lead but hopefully us second and third year guys improve and help the team out.”

Colts’ latest shuffling of offensive line sends A.Q. Shipley to Ravens

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

In Chappell’s blog, he writes about the need for a pencil (with an eraser) when trying to fill out the Colts depth chart.

He called Shipley’s trade a “mild surprise” but also makes the notion that general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano were not pleased with the offensive line play last year.

Chappell breaks down the financial implications at the center position and also looks at the prospects of rookie Khaled Holmes at the center position in the near future.

Colts notes: Six of seven rookies are under contract entering minicamp

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The Colts announced a signing of six of their seven draft picks with Bjoern Werner being the only one not signed as of Thursday evening.

Chappell said that Werner not signing is not a surprise and expects it to get done soon.

The notebook pieces also includes a mention of 13 tryout invitees coming in for this weekend’s minicamp, including three players with Indiana ties (Marian K-Mike Josifovski, Indiana State DE-Jordan Bright, Wabash, IN native S-Nick Driskill (Mount Union).

Also, the Colts sold more than 400 tickets on Thursday morning, leaving less than 600 season tickets remaining for the 2013 season.

SI College Athlete of the Year nominee: USC’s Khaled Holmes

By: Stewart Mandel SI.com

The Colts fourth round draft pick is a nominee for Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year.

Holmes was a three-year starter on the offensive line and the article explains the USC center overcoming early season struggles against Utah and taking full responsibility for the team’s poor play (the Trojans came back and won that game, 38-28).

The article talks about Holmes academic prowess and his rich family history in the game of football.

“People who don’t know him, they see this Goliath of a guy and think he’s maybe a dumb jock,” Alex Holmes told the Los Angeles Times last year. “Then they hear him talk and he sounds like a poet.”



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ANDREW LUCK JOINS NFL NETWORK CREW FOR INTERVIEW ON OTA’s

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:50 am

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was a guest on NFL Network’s Total Access on Wednesday evening for an interview with Scott Hanson.

This time last season Luck was balancing finishing up courses at Stanford while trying to find time for his first round of OTAs at the NFL level.

In 2013, it’s all football this time of year for Luck and Hanson covered that topic and a few others with the Colts signal caller.

Below is the full Luck interview and some of his quotes are under the video link.

Andrew Luck’s NFL Total Access Interview

On the Colts’ improvement last season and what that means for this season:

“Great for last year, glad we did some positive things. What we did last year doesn’t have any bearing – the good things, the bad things – on what is going on this year. It is nice, personally, to have a year under the belt and a little experience, but we know the road gets that much harder and we are trying to improve.”

On feeling more comfortable being in the NFL heading into his second season compared to last year:

“I am 100% more comfortable. On this day last year, I was probably sitting in class ready to get out of there and go to a rookie minicamp.  It is nice to be able to have the full offseason with the team. We have changed [offensive] coordinators, but I have had a great relationship with Pep Hamilton from before. To be around him and talk his style of offense has been great. It is just nice to be around the guys.”

On the hiring of new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton:

“I do remember someone asking my opinion of Coach Hamilton way early on, right after Coach Bruce Arians left.  I gave him 100% endorsement. I am really glad he is here and really happy for Coach Arians down in Arizona as well.  What a wonderful opportunity for him. I don’t think anybody else deserves to be a head coach in this league more than he does.  But I am glad Pep is coming in, I’m glad I don’t have to learn a completely new playbook. I think he is going to do great with us here.”

On if the Colts offense will be different under Hamilton:

“His offense is different; like B.A.’s, every coordinators offense has its own intricacies. It is too early to say [the biggest difference.] I think we will start to have a feel for that during OTAs when we can go against a defense. There will be different plays, but in the end, it is still football. You still have to go out there and make the plays.”

On the improvement of the Colts this season due to himself, T.Y Hilton, Vick Ballard, among others, gaining more experience and building off last season’s success:

“Hopefully we can build off the experience us young guys and the old guys – and continue to get better. I think we are very fortunate to have to great veteran leadership – Robert Mathis, Reggie Wayne, Cory Redding, Antoine Bethea – that really have set the standard here and know how to win. We just try to follow their lead but hopefully us second and third year guys improve and help the team out.”


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