Indianapolis Colts Football

ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 8

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 29, 2012 – 10:37 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first two passes of the game for the Colts and turned in a four-catch, 56-yard performance on Sunday afternoon. Allen now has 17 catches for 174 yards on the season.

Vick Ballard, RB: For the third straight game, Ballard started at running back and had what is assured to be on the season highlight video. Ballard had 12 carries for 55 yards to help a season high 171 yards rushing for the Colts. Ballard’s 16-yard screen pass in overtime was the game-winning touchdown as the rookie leaped from inside the five-yard line, twisting his body for his first career NFL touchdown.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill made a critical nine-yard reception on the Colts game-tying touchdown drive. It was the only catch for Brazill on the day but his reception set up a fourth-and-one conversion for running back Delone Carter.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 24 yards on the afternoon but was limited in the second half after suffering a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had a season high five catches on Sunday, resulting in 34 yards. Hilton also had one punt return for 13 yards. On the season, Hilton ranks fourth on the team with 18 catches and third with 253 yards receiving.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 26-of-38 for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Sunday. Luck also had six carries for 28 yards, padding his AFC leading 143 yards rushing on the season for quarterbacks. With the win, Luck’s (.571) winning percentage is the highest ever for a quarterback selected No. 1 overall after Week 8 of his rookie season

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday.

Rookie wide receiver Nate Palmer was inactive against the Titans.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 7

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 22, 2012 – 10:38 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had one catch for nine yards on Sunday while providing some key blocking for the Colts best rushing performance of the season. Through six games, Allen is tied for fourth on the team with 13 catches and 118 yards receiving.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his second straight NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had a career high 20 carries for 84 yards. His 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter, helped the Colts run out virtually the rest of the game. Ballard also had one catch for 19 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill was used in multiple receiver packages on Sunday but his biggest play came via special teams. At the last minute, Brazill filled in as a gunner on special teams and wrapped up Browns punt returner Joshua Cribbs after a two-yard gain.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 17 yards on Sunday with both catches coming on third downs, helping the Colts move the chains. Fleener has 19 catches for 198 yards after six games.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had two catches for 22 yards on Sunday and added a punt return for eight yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 16-of-29 for 186 yards on Sunday. Luck scored twice on the ground and had a total of three carries for 12 yards. Luck’s two rushing touchdowns on Sunday marks the first time since 1988 (Ricky Turner against Miami) that a Colts quarterback has had a pair of rushing touchdowns in a game.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer played in his third straight game for the Colts and rotated in on offense and special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 6

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first pass of the game for the Colts and added another grab for 21 yards. Through five games, Allen is fourth on the team with 12 catches and 109 yards receiving.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his fist NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had eight carries for 25 yards and caught a pair of passes for 17 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill caught his second pass in the NFL on Sunday, taking a screen pass for 14 yards. Brazill also played on special teams with two kickoff returns for 35 yards.

Jerry Brown, OLB: Brown made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing on special teams.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had another successful afternoon, catching four balls for 42 yards. Fleener his third on the team with 17 catches for 181 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw action as a receiver and a punt returner against the Jets. Hilton had three catches for 31 yards and ranks third on the team with 196 yards receiving.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-44 on Sunday for 280 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s totals through five games read as 118-of-221 (53.4 percent) passing for 1,488 yards and seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer caught his first NFL catch on the Colts second play from scrimmage. Palmer also played on special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 5

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2012 – 9:12 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had his second straight productive week in the passing game with four catches for 38 yards. His eight-yard touchdown early in the third quarter marked the first touchdown of the game for the Colts. Allen has 10 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Mewelde Moore inactive, Ballard saw significant action backing up Donald Brown. Ballard had six carries for 11 yards on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL catch in the second quarter.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and also saw time offensively when the Colts went to five receivers.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was second on the team with five catches for 41 yards on Sunday. After four games, Fleener has 13 grabs for 139 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had three catches for 37 yards against the Packers and returned a pair of punts for 13 yards. Early in the fourth quarter with the Colts facing a second-and-12 from the Packers 37-yard line, Hilton made an impressive 26-yard grab in front of All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson. The catch helped set up an Adam Vinatieri 28-yard field goal, which gave the Colts their first lead of the day.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck set career highs throwing for 362 yards on 31-of-55 passing, two touchdowns and one interception. For the fourth straight game, Luck helped lead a two-minute scoring drive which was set up by his seven-yard run a third-and-seven with 47 seconds remaining. Luck had six carries for 24 yards.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer saw his first career NFL action on Sunday, seeing action on offense and special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday and blocked on special teams.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers


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PALMER AND HARNISH CONTINUE PATH TOGETHER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 25, 2012 – 4:44 pm

From a northern Indiana high school, to Northern Illinois University and now back to the capital of his home state, quarterback Chandler Harnish hasn’t had to travel very far to fulfill his lifelong dream.

Now, he shares that path with fellow Colts wide receiver Nate Palmer.

The Colts signed Palmer off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Monday and he and Harnish have been down a similar road in achieving the goal of playing in the NFL.

Palmer attended Elkhart Central High School and then headed to NIU with Harnish in the fall of 2007.

Both of them redshirted that season before playing vital roles with the Huskies in helping lead them to four straight bowl appearances.

“I was excited to get back with an old teammate,” Harnish said. “For him, being in his home state again, it’s exciting and to be on the active roster on top of that. Just a really happy moment for him.”

Harnish set numerous school records at NIU and credited Palmer for a lot of his success.

The two did not know each other directly in high school but once arriving on campus, it didn’t take long for the two to witness each other’s talent.

“Nate is a great player but an even better person,” Harnish said. “He’s a playmaker, plain and simple. He’s a fast guy. He’s done a lot of great things in his career and he loves the game. He understands the game of football and we got nothing but a great player.”

Palmer made 20 starts in his four years of playing at NIU and caught 93 balls for 1,575 yards while accumulating 200 yards on the ground.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano talked about the Palmer pickup on his weekly radio show Monday evening.

“The way things fell we were going to look at taking him late (in the draft) but we had some other needs and went a different direction,” Pagano said.

“Our scouts and Ryan (Grigson) knew about him for a long time. He’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) kid that can take the top off the defense. He’s got good hands. He’s explosive. He’s much like Donnie Avery.”

With wide receiver Austin Collie being placed on injured reserve, Palmer will get a chance to make an impact right away with the Colts.

For Harnish, it will seem like the beginning of college all over again.

“He made his presence known real quick at Northern,” Harnish said. “He’s just an unbelievable player and I think the sky’s the limit for that guy.”

 


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