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Five Things Learned, Colts-Houston

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 4, 2013 – 9:59 am


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 6-2 and have a two-game AFC South lead at the season’s midpoint.  The wins that followed a loss at San Diego came in dramatic style over unbeaten Denver and against a 2-5 Houston group fighting for its 2013 survival.

The Colts produced a 10th comeback win under Chuck Pagano by wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit in a 27-24 victory at Houston.  Plays were made across the board in keeping a two-game AFC South lead over Tennessee.


PERFECT WITH PERFECTION – The Colts are 7-0 under Pagano (3-0 in 2013) in turnover-free performances.  That the club has seven in 24 outings (almost 30 percent of the time) is a pretty healthy percentage and is a testament to his ball security preaching.  Prior to Pagano, it took a 37-game span back to 2010 to encompass seven spotless performances.  The Colts’ six giveaways lead the league.  Only four other teams are in single digits.  Three of those seven miscue-free games have been on the road, further evidence of the ability to play like Pagano preaches.

OVERCOME ADVERSITY – Houston sucker-punched the Colts one minute into the game with a long TD pass.  Adam Vinatieri had a field goal blocked moments later to the delight of the Houston fans, but the defense held on third- and fourth-and-one rushes to thwart the Texans.  One possession later, a near blocked punt helped set up a short field and a second Houston TD in the opening quarter.  After replay overturned what appeared to be a recovered fumble on a kickoff return, Houston added its third TD for an 18-point lead.  It came on a gut punch with 34 seconds left in the first half, a time when late scores can damage a team’s mindset.  The Colts hung tough on the road and after trading field goals in the third quarter, scored on three straight drives to take the lead.  It was producing and being non-judgmental in adversity.  “Chuck (Pagano) puts into us the ‘never-give-up’ spirit,” said Anthony Castonzo.  “It’s a trickle-down effect.  Everybody buys in.  We’re all 100 percent in on every play.  There’s no give-up in this game.”

LUCK REMAINS MASTERFUL – With 10 game-winning drives in fourth quarter and overtime, Andrew Luck has the most of any quarterback in the first two years of a career since 1970.  Luck’s manner in the huddle and calm leadership style affects teammates deeply.  “Andrew basically takes control of the huddle.  He’s telling us, ‘One play at a time, one play at a time.’  He’s focused,” said Castonzo of Luck, who must have read Kipling while earning his architecture at Stanford.  Even after the latest Houdini act, Luck credits teammates and coaches first.  There is no “I” in Luck.  If a player can have a virtuoso career after 24 games, Luck has done it.

LINEBACKERS MORE THAN MATHIS – Houston was able to neutralize Robert Mathis probably better than any team this year.  Still, Erik Walden had a 10-yard second-quarter sack of Case Keenum that preceded a missed field goal that would have put Houston up, 17-0.  After the Colts took the 27-24 lead with four minutes left, Mathis and Angerer stopped Ben Tate for short yardage around midfield, then Angerer stayed at home and dropped Keenum for a three-yard loss on a Pistol keeper, a superb one-on-one effort.  On the ensuing play, Mathis contained Keenum and Angerer delivered a hit on Keenum’s release.  Keenum’s pass hit Walden in the facemask and Mathis nearly corralled the ball for a touchdown.  Three linebackers, three plays in the clutch, and the Colts forced a punt.  While Angerer’s 12 tackles topped the team, Walden was in the middle of key moments for a second straight game.

PRODUCTION PAST WIDE RECEIVERS – With Reggie Wayne gone for the season, developing production past the wide receiving corps is a must.  Luck hit wide receivers 12 times in 29 targets, with more plays being made in the second half than the first.  Indianapolis was able to get three receptions from Coby Fleener, plus a critical two-point snare.  Trent Richardson had two receptions, including a 24-yarder that set up T.Y. Hilton’s third TD.  Success in spreading the ball paid dividends, and the club must continue that as Luck’s cohesion with wide outs continues to develop.

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 30th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 30, 2013 – 8:35 am

The Colts will put on the pads today as they return to the practice field in preparation for Sunday night’s matchup with the Texans. Today’s news looks at the longevity of Adam Vinatieri and this weekend’s contest.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 30th.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri continues to succeed at highest level as he aims for 5th ring

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

With a 15-of-17 effort in the first seven games of the season, Adam Vinatieri is showing zero signs of slowing down.

“He’s obviously found the Fountain of Youth somewhere,” Pagano said. “I don’t know if that’s in Carmel or if he went to Florida.”

Vinatieri smiled at the notion. At 40, he’s the NFL’s oldest player.

But in his 18th season and after laying the foundation for likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he remains driven.

“Never being satisfied is the real key to it,” Vinatieri said. “Always wanting more and more. More stats. More Super Bowl rings.

“Whatever ‘more’ that might be, just keeping it going.”

Back in stride: After bye week, Luck says Colts must overlook Texans’ 2-5 record

By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune

Chuck Pagano said throw the records out the window when divisional teams meet and that message has permeated through the Colts locker room.

It’s back to work for the Indianapolis Colts, who will go into Sunday night’s nationally televised National Football League game (NBC, 8:30 p.m. kickoff) against defending AFC South champion Houston with a 5-2 record and a two-game lead in the division.

The Texans, meanwhile, have struggled of late and will take a 2-5 mark against Indianapolis.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t care to talk about Houston’s issues so far this season. All he knows is that the Texans have ruled the division the last two seasons and still possess an outstanding defense.

“I don’t think there will be any problem of flipping the switch [coming off a bye] and getting back going. I don’t think guys really turned it off completely [last week] either,” Luck said Monday.

“It’s great to relax, great to get your mind off of things. But we’re excited for this week and a great test in Houston.”


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Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: San Diego Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2013 – 11:34 am

Throughout the course of the season, will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from San Diego.

The normal reps for Trent Richardson were not there on Monday night.

Limited offensive possessions only allowed for 10 Richardson carries against the Chargers but he did average 4.0 yards on those attempts.

Richardson had both of the Colts third-down conversions from Monday night.

During the Colts lone third quarter drive, it was Richardson with 12- and three-yard rushes on separate third-and-ones.

“That’s how it should be all season,” Richardson said of the physical running nature.

The most impressive Richardson play of the evening came on a 13-yard reception where he broke three separate tackles.

However, it was a late fourth quarter drop that had Richardson’s attention following the 19-9 loss.

“I dropped a screen pass (because) I took my eyes off the ball,” Richardson said after the game. “I can still see myself running. That’s not the football I play. I don’t like to have missed assignments. I’m beating myself up about it, but good thing we have a game this Sunday.”

“We beat ourselves. Don’t get me wrong they made a lot of good plays and that’s a good team, but I felt the whole game that we weren’t going to lose.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Inside Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard saw ample playing time in the second half with Jerrell Freeman sidelined (concussion). Sheppard finished with four tackles and had a nine-yard sack of Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean Francois was back in the starting lineup after he missed the last two weeks with a groin injury. Jean Francois had three tackles and a tackle for loss which forced a field goal attempt by the Chargers.

Fullback Stanley Havili returned to the lineup on Monday night and while his stats might not indicate it, his contributions should not be taken for granted. Havili did have a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter that set up Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal.

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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Diego

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:23 am


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have played poised football and executed consistently in winning 15-of-21 under Chuck Pagano prior to Monday.

At San Diego, the Colts had one of their tougher outings and were not able to win many “situational” moments, according to Pagano.

While results rarely are as good or bad as they seem, there are points on which to improve as Indianapolis seeks to retain its lead pace in the AFC South.


POSSESSION AND POINTS – After the Colts opened with a sustained scoring drive and forced two San Diego punts to start the game, it looked like it would be a night of accomplishment on the national stage.  Instead, San Diego owned the ball for almost 21 minutes of the second and third quarters and beyond the first five minutes of the fourth period.  Sixteen of their 19 points came from the 55 plays on those drives, while the Colts labored almost in vain.  Indianapolis had a near-32-minute possession average in its first five games and produced on the scoreboard while having the ball in getting to 4-1.  A sobering defeat saw San Diego control the game with a near two-to-one possession advantage and getting points to close those drives.  The Colts had to be efficient when they got the ball, and they were not.

EXECUTE – Pagano is a player’s coach in every respect, including a post-game message:  “I told the players, it isn’t about heart.  It isn’t about toughness.  It isn’t about preparation.  Our guys do that week-in and week-out.  They’re going to play their hearts out.  We just have to play smart.  We have to play better football.  We didn’t play good football.  We didn’t play good situational football.  We’ll get that fixed.”  Penalties have not been a season-long problem.  Seven at Jacksonville did not hinder a 34-point win.  Five at San Diego perpetuated defeat, with three coming on third downs to extend drives.  Ten points came on drives where penalties hurt.  Offensively, two-of-10 on third downs and about six dropped passes kept the defense on the field.  Effort is not the issue.  Smart effort has made this team a success – one able to avoid consecutive losses under Pagano.

FREEMAN FACTOR – Jerrell Freeman missed parts of the game Monday with a concussion, plus had a cut on his chin.  Freeman has been a big factor in the club’s defensive success, and missing him for more than a half at San Diego might have proved his value in absence as much as what he has done while playing.  His leadership is key to a defense that will need a solid performance Sunday, and a concussion baseline must be met in a short week.

VINNY’S GREATNESS – This is not really a lesson learned, just a citation for a Hall-worthy player being at the top of his game in an 18th season.  Adam Vinatieri nailed 50- and 51-yard field goals at San Diego.  Nailed – into the net.  He has made 12-of-14 this year.  A 49-yarder pushed a late lead against Seattle from three to six points.  He kept the Colts within arm’s distance at San Diego.  Vinatieri is seven-of-nine beyond 40 yards this year, with a 52-yarder that hit halfway up the upright against Miami and a 51-yard miss into the win at San Francisco.  Those who dare to question of the game’s greats may have to wait a few more years.

DEFEND THE RUN – Two straight games the Colts have allowed 100-yard rushers.  Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Mathews both reached 102, and this is in addition to Terrelle Pryor (112) and Russell Wilson (102).  Seattle ran for 218 yards and a 6.4 average.  San Diego got 147 at a 4.0 clip.  It is a two-game matter that bears watching.

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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Francisco

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 23, 2013 – 9:28 am


Intro:  Indianapolis posted a dominant 27-7 win at San Francisco on Sunday.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw and earned their most lop-sided road victory since 2009.  Facing a physical defending Super Bowl team, the Colts were more physical.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts answered a tough home setback by meeting the challenge of their first road game with a 20-point victory margin over a team (San Francisco) that made the Super Bowl last year and nearly did the previous season.

The Colts met a physical opponent by being even more so.  On a national television stage, Indianapolis showed a much different blueprint for victory than past seasons have had.

Colts 27, San Francisco 7.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL – Nothing is more telling than the words of an owner.  In this case, Jim Irsay, “To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson…You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, he’s always going forward.  What we’re looking for is what we saw today.”  When Irsay changed his organizational dynamic in early 2012 by bringing in Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, the new duo spoke of a different style of play.  Every move since then has reflected that approach and progress made over 18 games prior to yesterday was incremental.  Yesterday, it was dramatic.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw, a first for that disparity since 2011.  The Colts are 4-0 in the last 19 games when they have rushed more often than thrown, and they are 4-0 in games in that span when out-rushing opponents by 59 yards.  “Run and stop the run” has been a mantra.  It was reality yesterday.  It is a much different feeling for long-time Colts fans.  This new pair of shoes could be broken in quickly.

1-2 PUNCH, AND MORE – Ahmad Bradshaw carried 19 times for 95 yards.  Trent Richardson had 13 carries for 35 yards.  Bradshaw said the plan never was to ease his new buddy in, “We’ve got a one-two punch and we used it.  It’s going to be tough for a lot of opponents this year.”  The duo had 32 of the team’s 39 rushes.  Get used to it.  Pep Hamilton mentioned Friday that Donald Brown would be in the mix.  Brown had 25 yards on three carries, including a 16-yarder for a first down that led to a field goal.  Indianapolis has a more pronounced “hammer” look to the offense.  Pagano spoke 20 months ago of the Colts having an AFC North look (like that of Pittsburgh and Baltimore).  That was the look at San Francisco.

MULTI-POSITIONAL OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – The offensive line had one of its grittiest and most productive performances of recent memory.  Mike McGlynn shifted to center for the injured Samson Satele (the third time he has done this in 19 games), and played well.  He competed successfully while being battered all game.  Jeff Linkenbach showed his versatility again by starting at right guard for McGlynn.  In 29 career starts, Linkenbach has opened five times at LT, four at LG, four at RG and 16 at RT.  Mixed in among stalwart veterans Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus was rookie left guard Hugh Thornton.  Versatility among all linemen provides big-time currency for the offense.  Often is it not acknowledged, but Sunday it was on full display.  They ventured into Candlestick and shined.  Well done, gents.

VALUE OF KICKERS, COVERAGE, FIELD POSITION – San Francisco started nine of its 11 possessions at or inside its 20.  Pat McAfee reached the end zone on four of his six kickoffs, producing three touchbacks.  The other three returns reached the 13, 11 and 12.  McAfee pinned the 49ers to their eight (twice) and nine with three of his four punts.  Adam Vinatieri hit clutch efforts from 43 and 41 yards, and his lone miss from 51 yards was wide while attempted into the wind.  The Colts won the average field position drive start by eight yards, and three-of-five three-and-outs defensively for Indianapolis came after solid kicks.  Again, a part of the game sometimes overlooked.  Not today.  It was probably great flights home for special teams and offensive line coaches.

BELIEVE IN COACHES – Defensive players heard it for two weeks after Terrelle Pryor ran for 112 yards.  With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson looming in the next month, getting squared away on a diverse offense was necessary.  Chuck Pagano said research was done and that players would be prepared.  Kaepernick rushed seven times for 20 yards, and the only TD run by a quarterback belonged to Andrew Luck.  The phrase heard after Sunday’s win was “assignment football.”  Assignments were sound and execution was solid.  The Colts are 13-6 under the new regime, with players buying in and competing for each other.  They’re coachable, and everyone enjoyed the fruits of a decisive win.

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Five Things Learned, Miami-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 16, 2013 – 9:09 am


Intro:  Miami erased two three-point Colts leads after Indianapolis rallied back from an 11-point (14-3) second-quarter deficit.  One final chance to win ended for the Colts at the Miami 23 with four snaps in the final 1:50.  The Colts are 1-1, just like last year, and face a two-game road trip.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts tight-wired their way to eight comeback wins in the last 17 games and nearly pulled off another one Sunday against Miami.

Miami 24, Colts 20.

One final bid ended with four snaps from the Dolphins’ 23 after the Colts had moved from their 14.  Indianapolis did not hold onto two different three-point leads and lost at home for the first time in almost a year.

Indianapolis had its chances.  Chuck Pagano said the team made plays, but not enough to win, something he claimed Miami did in reaching 2-0.

The mood was deep disappointment in the locker room, but one that tactfully placed blame on those present.  Players pointed fingers at themselves.  The feeling today should turn to resolve for a team Pagano credits with passion and integrity.

“This team is going to fight.  We know that,” said Pagano.  “We know they’re going to play for 60 minutes, and it doesn’t matter what the score (or) the situation is.  It speaks to the character and resiliency of this group.  If we get some things cleaned up, we’ll keep getting better every week.”


GOSDER CHERILUS IS SOLID INVESTMENT – Cherilus is a quiet presence and one who showed grit against Miami.  Most observers said he would need help from backs or tight ends in facing Cameron Wake.  Cherilus did not miss a snap.  Any help he had was minimal.  A talented Wake with 2.5 sacks at Cleveland was credited with one assisted tackle yesterday.  Well done, Mr. Cherilus.

POINTS ARE PRECIOUS – A missed field goal early from 52 yards out was tough, though Adam Vinatieri hitting the upright halfway up the pipe validated the decision to kick.  Andrew Luck’s two savvy third-down conversions maximized the club’s third possession when it trailed by 11 points.  Allowing three points on a 44-yard drive in the first half’s final 1:26 hurt, as did the field goal Indianapolis settled for after a second-half-opening takeaway.  While the Colts won the replay to uphold the turnover, another replay negated a Colts reception to the one.  Indianapolis then had a touchdown wiped out by a motion penalty.  The final drive ended in frustration with two deep throws from the Miami 23 that produced third- and fourth-and-10.  Luck, in self-analysis mode, said afterward setting up a more manageable distance with some shorter routes might have been a better approach.

STAY DEDICATED ON GROUND – Through two games, Indianapolis is averaging 5.0 yards per rush on 52 attempts.  While Luck’s 7.6 average boosts the effort, Vick Ballard was 4.8 against Oakland and Ahmad Bradshaw was 4.3 against Miami.  Rushing ability and the threat of the rush only keeps defenses honest and aids the passing game.  Keep eyes peeled straight ahead and discount any who decry the ground efforts.

CAPABLE, MORE CONSISTENT – Pagano was right on two counts – the Colts made plays, but not enough to win, while Miami made enough to win; the Colts had good statistics, but only points mattered.  On Miami’s four scoring drives, it snapped 22 plays and gained 251 yards.  The Dolphins had an 11.4 average and faced only two third downs on those combined drives (one was a spike before the half-ending field goal).  On the other 44 plays, the Colts held Miami to 147 yards, a 3.3 average.

PAGANO ON HIS GAME – Pagano was on-point in challenging a spot of the ball on a fourth-down Miami rush in the final period.  He believed Ryan Tannehill was short on a second-effort run over left tackle, and Pagano’s spunk resulted in an overturned replay.  Indianapolis then trailed by four points with 12 minutes remaining, and the game could have been determined on that drive.  His feel for the game and his team is where Colts fans want it to be.   Pagano’s moxie at 1-1 will be a guiding aid with two looming road trips.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 15, 2013 – 7:40 am

Brandon McManus wasn’t even a teenager when Adam Vinatieri kicked his first game winning field goal at Super Bow XXXVI.

Now at the age of 21, McManus will be calling the 40-year old Vinatieri a teammate.

McManus was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent and while there might not seem like an immediate need for a placer kicker in Indianapolis, the tutelage under Vinatieri is invaluable.

“I’m definitely excited to come in and learn from (Vinatieri),” McManus said during the Colts rookie minicamp. “I think anyone that’s a young kicker now has watched him win all those Super Bowls and how clutch of a kicker he is.”

NFL kickers are largely measured on how clutch they are when the game is on the line and no one holds a stronger resume than Vintatieri.

Brandon McManus drills a kick at the 2013 Colts rookie minicamp.

Brandon McManus drills a kick at the 2013 Colts rookie minicamp. esume than Vinatieri.

He has 24 game winning field goals in his NFL career and it’s that aspect of the game that McManus also holds in the highest regard.

“That’s one part of my game that I like to try and drive around is being a clutch kicker,” McManus said. “I’m excited to learn the ropes of what it takes to be an NFL kicker.”

McManus comes to the Colts after four seasons as the kicker for Temple University.

He hit game-winning field goals three times for the Owls and leaves as the school’s all-time leader in points (338) field goals (60-of-83) and punting average (45.4).

Over the past few seasons, training camp has allowed for a few pressure packed situations for Colts kickers not named Vinatieri with the 18-year veteran resting his right leg.

Sooner or later Vinatieri’s career will eventually come to a close with a chapter saved for Canton, Ohio.

As of this past weekend, McManus hadn’t met Vinatieri but he didn’t need to turn far to look at No. 4’s locker and know what the man owning that space stands for in kicker’s lore.

“Anytime they got across the 50 (yard-line) in a end-of-game situation, you knew Adam was going to make the kick,” McManus said. “I think that’s a lot of trust that he’s grown through coaches and his team through that aspect.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 18, 2013 – 8:41 am

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 17, 2013 – 9:58 am

Pat Summerall never suited up for the Colts, but his fabulous playing and broadcasting career certainly intersected the franchise.

Summerall kicked for the New York Giants in the 1958 and 1959 NFL Championship games won by the Colts (23-17 in overtime in 1958; 31-16 in 1959).

When the Colts were in Super Bowls III and V, NBC broadcast the games and by the time the club reached Super Bowls XLI and XLIV, Summerall had retired.

Summerall, who passed away yesterday in Dallas at age 82, did a handful of games with John Madden for FOX Sports as Indianapolis started piecing together a marvelous run around the 1999 season.

Pat Summerall and John Madden in the broadcast booth.

Pat Summerall and John Madden in the broadcast booth.

I asked him once around that time how long it had been since he had seen the club play in person.  He responded, “My gosh, it was Super Bowl V.”

Summerall worked for networks that traditionally did not cover the AFC extensively and to have him assigned to a game meant the Colts were doing well or were playing a premier cross-conference foe, like Dallas, Washington or San Francisco.

Once covering one of our preseason games, Summerall announced the starting defensive line at the lead of the broadcast.  With his cadence, inflection, rich tone and pause, he made those four Colts sound like they were bound for Canton.

A day before we hosted the Cowboys on November 17, 2002, Summerall told me the game would be the 1,004th broadcast of his career.  Overnight, we worked up a scoreboard tribute to him and flashed it up during the game.  Typically, our classy fans rose and applauded one of the true legends who helped shape the sport.

Summerall enjoyed his visits to Indianapolis.  He quite likely enjoyed every moment he had around the game, and did he have some moments.

Summerall was on 16 Super Bowl broadcasts, among many other CBS and FOX assignments.

Some football fans remember him being paired with Tom Brookshier, though most probably associate him better with John Madden.  Regardless of his on-air partner, Summerall provided the soundtrack for many cherished broadcast calls.

Summerall’s last Super Bowl call has a somewhat-related Colts tie.  He was covering Super Bowl XXXVI for FOX in February of 2002.

Adam Vinatieri hit a game-ending 48-yard field goal as New England beat St. Louis, 20-17.  It was the first time a Super Bowl ended with a game-winning scoring play.

His call was quintessential Summerall, “It’s right down the pipe.  No time on the clock.  And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI.  Unbelievable.”

Summerall checked in from time-to-time after retiring.  He felt a connection to the Colts because of Tony Dungy and the faithful way in which Dungy lived.  It made a tremendous impression on him.

Those calls were fun interruptions to a work day.  You never wanted them to end, and usually they lasted about 15 minutes.  He did most of the talking.  I was smart enough to shut up and listen to a legend.

He always said at the end of the call, “Say hi to Tony, and Peyton.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 27, 2013 – 12:20 pm

The NCAA Tournament has been trimmed down to the Sweet 16 and for nearly all the 75 players currently on the Colts roster, fandom will have to turn elsewhere than the colleges they attended.

For wide receiver Reggie Wayne (Miami), nose tackle Brandon McKinney (Michigan State) and running back Delone Carter (Syracuse) hope is still there to watch their respective schools cut down the nets in Atlanta a week from Monday.

For others like Erik Walden (Middle Tennessee State) the dream died in the play-in game.

A trio of Ole Miss Rebels (cornerbacks Marsahy Green/Cassius Vaughn and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell) saw their school go from a No. 13 seed to a shot away from making the Sweet Sixteen.

Players that saw their schools bow out in round of 64 included: safety Sergio Brown/running back Robert Hughes (Notre Dame), outside linebacker Justin Hickman (UCLA), offensive tackle Ben Ijalana (Villanova), offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach/defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews (Cincinnati), wide receiver Jabin Sambrano (Montana), nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (UNLV) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State).

Defensive tackle Kellen Heard (Memphis) watched his Tigers drop a round of 32 matchup with McKinney’s Spartans.

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