The Indianapolis Colts today signed the following nine players to the practice squad: T-Tyler Hoover, ILB-Andrew Jackson, WR-Ryan Lankford, WR-Josh Lenz, S-Dewey McDonald, DT-Nnamdi Obukwelu, CB-Sheldon Price, TE-Erik Swoope and G-Josh Walker. The team also agreed to sign QB-Jeff Mathews to the practice squad.
Hoover was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He played in 48 career games (23 starts) at Michigan State and recorded 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Jackson was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He finished his collegiate career at Western Kentucky with 326 tackles (174 solo), 6.5 sacks, 43 tackles for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed in 37 games played (33 starts).
Lankford was signed by the Colts as a free agent on May 19, 2014. He completed his collegiate career at Illinois with 70 receptions for 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games played. As a junior in 2012, Lankford led the team in receiving yards (469), receiving touchdowns (five) and total points scored (30), while finishing second in receptions (37).
Lenz was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 11, 2013 and was elevated to the active roster on January 6, 2014. He was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 and spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Colts.
McDonald was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players.
Obukwelu was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He played in 39 games at Harvard and registered 109 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Price was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He was inactive for the team’s regular season finale and both postseason games in 2013. Price competed in 47 games (45 starts) at UCLA and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 21 passes defensed.
Swoope was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team where he started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes.
Walker was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2013 at Middle Tennessee State and never missed a game throughout his collegiate career. As a junior in 2012, he earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Third Team All-SBC by CollegeSportsMadness.com and Second Team All-SBC by Phil Steele.
Mathews, 6-4, 229 pounds, ended his career at Cornell University with 47 school records and 18 Ivy League marks for passing and total offense. The three-time All-Ivy selection was a Capital One Academic All-District first-team selection as a senior and a two-time finalist for the Bushnell Cup for the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, winning in 2011. Mathews was named one-of-16 finalists for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation in 2013. For his career, he completed 901-of-1,447 passes (62.2%) for 11,284 yards and 72 touchdowns in 38 games. He also added nine rushing touchdowns.
Mathews was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 24.
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The Indianapolis Colts today claimed C-A.Q. Shipley off waivers (Baltimore) and waived C-Thomas Austin.
Shipley, 6-1, 307 pounds, has played in 30 career games (14 starts) over the past two seasons with Baltimore (2013) and Indianapolis (2012). Last season, he played in all 16 contests for the first time in his career, starting a total of nine games. Shipley was first signed by the Colts as a free agent on January 28, 2012 and competed in 14 games (five starts) in 2012 before being traded to the Ravens on May 9, 2013. He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Penn State University.
Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 8, 2014. He has competed in eight career games, making one start. In 2013, he saw action in the Colts’ Week 16 matchup at Kansas City (12/22). Austin previously spent time with the Carolina Panthers (2012) and Houston Texans (2011).
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