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Colts ready for “Friday Night Lights” feel at Anderson University on Tuesday evening

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 12:43 pm

Cory Redding is used to playing under the lights.

As a product of Texas High School Football, Redding knows the feeling that he will get when the Colts head out for night practice on Tuesday.

“Anytime you are under the lights, you kind of get the hair on the back of your neck to stand up a little bit, kind of get the jitters,” Redding said.

“It’s almost like Friday Night Lights Football all over again.”

Macholtz Stadium on Anderson University’s campus will be the sight of the Colts under the lights this evening as practice is scheduled to run from 6:30-8:50.

The Colts got a glimpse of an evening practice during minicamp when the team headed down to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Even Chuck Pagano mentioned that tonight’s atmosphere is a bit different with the Colts expecting a capacity crowd.

“We are excited about tonight,” the Colts head coach said this morning after the team’s walk-through. “The guys are excited for a little change up. It will be great to be inside the stadium, great to be in front of the fans here.”

“Anytime you go under the lights, the hair on the back of your neck seems to stand up, there’s a little bit more excitement. It brings some new added energy to camp.”

The schedule for tonight’s practice will open up with 20 minutes of special teams, before the offense and defense take over from there.

Full pads are expected before the team takes an off day on Wednesday.

Former Colts punter Hunter Smith and his band will perform in Colts City beginning at 5 p.m., getting the energy started early for a unique practice that players relish.

Ricky Jean Francois played his high school football in the hotbed of Miami before moving on to the SEC.

Safe to say he knows what “playing under the lights” is all about.

“It’s going to feel like a high school night so hopefully the city shuts down and everybody comes out and enjoys practice with us.”


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