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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 18, 2014 – 12:53 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receiver Ryan Lankford and waived wide receiver Greg Moore.

Lankford, 5-11, 163 pounds, 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, he led the team in receiving yards (469), receiving touchdowns (five) and total points scored (30), while finishing second in receptions (37). He earned the Illinois Point Award as the top offensive skill player on the team. In 2011, Lankford played in all 13 games (five starts) and totaled 12 catches for 108 yards. He also saw time as a punter, averaging 39.4 yards on 19 punts, and as a punt returner, returning 19 punts for 33 yards.

Moore finished the 2013 season at Lane College with 59 catches for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to All-SIAC accolades. He also had three 100-yard receiving contests. Moore started 10 games as a freshman in junior college at Mesabi Range before transferring to Lane and starting nine contests as a sophomore.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN G-JACK MEWHORT

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 16, 2014 – 12:35 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Jack Mewhort.

Mewhort was selected by the Colts with their first pick in the second round (59th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Mewhort competed in 49 career games at Ohio State University, making 39 consecutive starts to close his collegiate career. He lined up at left tackle for a combined 26 starts as a junior and senior while adding five starts at left guard and eight more at right guard his sophomore season.

As a senior in 2013, Mewhort served as a team captain and was part of a Buckeye offense that set school records for the most points scored (637), rushing yards (4,321) and total touchdowns (83). He was a consensus All-America selection and added second-team accolades from Walter Camp, The NFL Draft Report, The Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated and the Football Writers Association in addition to being a first-team choice by ESPN. Mewhort was named a First Team All-Big Ten Conference choice and was a candidate for the Outland Trophy.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN ILB-ANDREW JACKSON

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 15, 2014 – 5:38 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed inside linebacker Andrew Jackson.

Jackson was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jackson appeared in 37 career games (33 starts) at Western Kentucky University and recorded 326 tackles (174 solo), 6.5 sacks, 43.0 tackles for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed. He became the 10th player in school history to record at least 300 career tackles and his total ranked 14th among active NCAA FBS players.

Jackson competed in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game and earned All-Sun Belt Conference first-team honors in two consecutive seasons (2011 and 2012). In 2012, he tallied 122 total tackles, which ranks first for a WKU player during the school’s Football Bowl Subdivision era (since 2009). As a senior in 2013, Jackson earned All-Sun Belt Conference second-team accolades after competing in 11 games (nine starts) and finishing the season ranked second on the team with 95 tackles, in addition to 1.0 sack, 8.5 tackles for loss and two passes defensed.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WAIVE TWO PLAYERS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:07 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived tackle Erik Pike and cornerback Darius Polk.

Pike was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2014. He was a four-year starter at left tackle for Towson and was a co-captain during his senior season. In 2013, Pike was named a Football Championship Series All-America selection as the Tigers compiled a 10-2 regular season record while reaching the NCAA FCS Championship Game. Pike also earned All-CAA first-team honors for the second straight season.

Polk was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2014. He was named to the All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) second team in 2013 after leading Kent State with seven passes defensed and ranking fourth with 60 total tackles. He was also voted as a defensive captain by his teammates.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN T-ULRICK JOHN

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:42 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tackle Ulrick John.

John was selected by the Colts with their final pick in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. John competed in 36 collegiate contests (25 starts) at Georgia State and was the school’s top lineman over the last two seasons (2012-13). He was a two-year starter at left tackle, but also logged starts at center and guard earlier in his career with the Panthers.

As a senior in 2013, John started 11 games at left tackle and was named an All-Sun Belt Conference honorable mention selection. In 2012, he started 10-of-11 games at left tackle and blocked for a Panthers offense that registered 110.5 rushing yards per game.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN OLB-JONATHAN NEWSOME

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 14, 2014 – 1:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.

Newsome was selected by the Colts in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In two seasons at Ball State, he competed in 23 games and totaled 116 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 24.0 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Ohio State and participated in 18 games, playing primarily on special teams.

As a senior in 2013, Newsome was an All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) first-team choice, a three-time MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week and was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Award Preseason Watch Lists. For the year, he started all 12 games and totaled 64 tackles, 8.0 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed. In 2012, Newsome earned All-MAC Conference second-team accolades after starting 10-of-11 games, including the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, and finishing with 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and one pass defensed.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WAIVE FOUR PLAYERS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 12, 2014 – 4:21 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived four players including linebacker Alan Baxter, fullback Stephen Campbell, tight end Martell Webb and kicker Carson Wiggs.

Baxter was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on December 24, 2013 and was signed to a Reserve/Future contract on January 13, 2014. Collegiately, he played in 52 career games (24 starts) at Northern Illinois and finished with 152 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 16.0 sacks.

Campbell was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 17, 2014. In 32 career games for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats (2009-2012), he totaled 65 receptions for 625 yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior in 2011, Campbell earned honorable mention West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) accolades after starting all 11 games and catching 38 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns.

Webb was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 28, 2013 and was signed to a Reserve/Future contract on January 13, 2014. He was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011 and was released on August 29. Webb then spent time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions.

Wiggs was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 18, 2014. He finished his collegiate career (2008-2011) as the most accurate kicker in Purdue history, connecting on 53-of-72 career field goals (73.6%). Wiggs was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2012 but was waived prior to the start of the regular season.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CB-LOUCHEIZ PURIFOY

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:46 am

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback Louchiez Purifoy.

Purifoy, 6-1, 189 pounds, played in 37 games (19 starts) for the Florida Gators and recorded 102 tackles (69 solo), 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2013, he was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference by Athlon Sports after totaling 24 tackles (14 solo), seven passes defensed, two interceptions, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 11 games played (seven starts). His passes defensed total ranked second on the team. As a sophomore in 2012, Purifoy finished the season fourth on the team with 51 tackles and added five passes defensed. He also played an instrumental role on special teams with three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. As a freshman in 2011, Purifoy tallied a team-high 22 special teams tackles.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH 19 UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with 19 undrafted free agents including: cornerback Qua Cox, guard Marcus Hall, center Jonotthan Harrison, defensive end Tyler Hoover, cornerback Kameron Jackson, nose tackle Zach Kerr, quarterback Seth Lobato, cornerback Keon Lyn, safety Dewey McDonald, wide receiver Gregory Moore, defensive end Nnamdi Obukwelu, kicker Cody Parkey, tackle Eric Pike, cornerback Darius Polk, tight end Erik Swoope, wide receiver Eric Thomas, running back Zurlon Tipton, guard Josh Walker and wide receiver Tony Washington.

Cox, 6-0, 185 pounds, finished his senior season at Jackson State with 32 tackles and 12 passes defensed, which earned him a place on the Sports Network Buck Buchanan Award watch list. As a junior in 2012, he led the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) with five interceptions and was third in the league with 13 passes defensed. Cox also finished fifth on the team in tackles (50), while contributing five tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. As a sophomore in 2011, he led started all 11 games and led the team with three interceptions to go along with 35 tackles. His older brother, James Patrick, spent three seasons in the NFL, two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-06) and one with the New England Patriots (2007).

Hall, 6-5, 315 pounds, competed in 46 games for the Ohio State offensive line. He started 31 games, including 25 as a junior and senior, during which time the Buckeyes set a school-record winning streak of 24 consecutive games. As a fifth-year senior, Hall started 13-of-14 games and was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. He assisted an Ohio State offense to a national ranking of fifth in rushing (308.6 yards per game) while shattering school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87) and touchdown passes (38).

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hall was a teammate with Colts fifth-round draft selection, Jonathan Newsome, at Glenville High School.

Harrison, 6-4, 299 pounds, appeared in 51 games and made 39 starts in four seasons at Florida. As a senior in 2013, he started all 12 games at center and was voted a team captain for the year by his teammates. He was the only offensive lineman on the team to start at the same position in all 12 games and was named to the 2013 Rimington Award watch list. As a junior in 2012, Harrison started at center in all 13 games and earned Phil Steele Midseason All-SEC third-team honors.

Hoover, 6-7, 290 pounds, 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. As a senior in 2013, he started 11 games and posted career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4.0). He was also named MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. As a sophomore in 2010, Hoover appeared in all 13 games (nine starts) and tallied a career-high 36 tackles, including 3.0 sacks. He was presented with the Danziger Award as the team’s outstanding Detroit-area player.

Jackson, 5-9, 175 pounds, played in 30 games (14 starts) over three seasons (2011-13) with Cal, posting career totals of 75 tackles, nine passes defensed, four interceptions, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. He became the first Bear to record a three-interception game in over 10 years. As a junior in 2013, Jackson played in all 12 games (11 starts) and totaled career highs of 42 tackles, six passes defensed and two tackles for loss, to go along with one interception. He was named Cal’s Defensive Player of the Week in its win over Portland State that season.

Kerr, 6-2, 310 pounds, played in all 12 games for Delaware in 2013 and totaled 57 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, he earned Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors after starting all 11 games and leading a defensive front that ranked second in the conference in rushing defense (134.2 yards per game). Kerr finished the year with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He also became the first Delaware defensive lineman since 1996 to return an interception for a touchdown.

Lobato, 6-6, 223 pounds, is a former college basketball player who walked on at Colorado before transferring to Northern Colorado. As a senior in 2013, he threw for 2,725 yards in 10 games while contributing with 16 touchdowns. Lobato totaled a season-high 390 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado State-Pueblo. He averaged 272.5 yards per game while averaging 7.9 yards per completion. In 2012, he was named a Big Sky All-Conference honorable mention choice as well as earning Big Sky All-Academic accolades. As a junior, he threw for 2,797 yards, which is the third-highest total in school history and the highest total for a non-playoff quarterback.

Lyn, 6-1, 190 pounds, played in 38 career games at Syracuse and totaled 89 tackles (75 solo), 20 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and 1.0 sack. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games (10 starts) and tied for seventh in the Big East in interceptions (three) and eighth in passes defensed (10). Lyn also added a career-high 46 tackles (36 solo), three tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, he tallied a career-best 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed. His three interception returns for touchdowns made him the first PSAC player to accomplish the feat in over 10 years. For his performance, McDonald was named a Don Hansen All-America third-team choice, a D2football.com All-America honorable mention selection, a Don Hansen First Team All-Super Region One choice, a First Team All-Daktronics Super Region One selection and a First Team PSAC West choice. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players. He also corralled 12 career interceptions, including his five as a freshman at FSU.

Moore, 6-4, 197 pounds, finished the 2013 season at Lane College with 59 catches for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to All-SIAC accolades. He also had three 100-yard receiving contests. Moore started 10 games as a freshman in junior college at Mesabi Range before transferring to Lane and starting nine contests as a sophomore. Moore is known as a versatile player with impressive speed for his size.

Obukwelu, 6-3, 275 pounds, played in 39 games at Harvard and registered 109 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, he was tabbed the winner of the George “Bulger” Lowe Award as the New England Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named to the All-Ivy first team and the College Sports Madness All-Ivy first team. For the year, Obukwelu played in nine games and contributed with 31 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, a career-high 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Parkey, 6-0, 190 pounds, ranks in the top five in all Auburn kicking categories. He finished his senior season making 14-of-19 field goals, 62-of-63 PATs and ranked first in the nation with 69 touchbacks. He totaled an SEC-long streak of 90 consecutive PATs made throughout his career, which ranked seventh in the nation. As a junior in 2012, Parkey converted 11-of-14 field goals and 27-of-27 PATs for 60 total points.

Pike, 6-5, 298 pounds, was a four-year starter at left tackle for Towson and was a co-captain during his senior season. In 2013, he was named a Football Championship Series All-America selection as the Tigers compiled a 10-2 regular season record while reaching the NCAA FCS Championship Game. Pike also earned All-CAA first-team honors for the second straight season. He capped his collegiate career having started in all 49 games he appeared in. As a junior, Pike started all 11 games and blocked for a Tigers offense that averaged more than 31.0 points per game as Towson reached the Colonial Athletic Association championship.

Polk, 5-11, 190 pounds, was named to the All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) second team in 2013 after leading Kent State with seven passes defensed and ranking fourth with 60 total tackles. He was also voted as a defensive captain by his teammates. As a junior in 2012, Polk finished the season with 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions. He earned East MVP honors of the MAC Championship game and also was named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by the Ebony Achievement Awards.

Swoope, 6-5, 220 pounds, was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team who is being signed by the Colts as a tight end. Although he has not played organized football at any level of his athletic career, Swoope’s athleticism gives him the chance to make the transition to football similar to the paths of San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With the Hurricanes, he started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes. He connected on 51.9 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from the free throw line. At Harvard-Westlake High School, Swoope was named a Mission League Most Valuable Player. The Los Angeles Daily News also referred to him as the “most dominant boys’ basketball player” in the San Fernando Valley.

Thomas, 6-1, 209 pounds, is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader with 29 career touchdowns, surpassing T.Y. Hilton’s previous record of 24from his time at Florida International University. As a senior, he caught 66 passes for 993 yards and finished the year ranked 10th nationally after catching 12 touchdowns. Thomas led the country at one point in the season with a touchdown reception in eight straight games. He finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions. He was named an All-Sun Belt first-team selection prior to participating in the Senior Bowl, NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl and the Medal of Honor Bowl. As a junior in 2012, Thomas was named an All-Sun Belt honorable mention after catching 55 passes for 667 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns.

Tipton, 6-0, 221 pounds, ranks fourth in Central Michigan history with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior, he was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List while earning the 2013 CMU Gridiron Gladiator Award. As a team captain last season, Tipton rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts while leading the team with a 5.4 yards per rush average and eight touchdowns. In a Senior Day victory over Eastern Michigan, he rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries while adding four touchdowns and a career-long 86-yard score. In 2012, Tipton was named a Second Team All-MAC recipient while being selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player. His 1,492 rushing yards that season ranked fourth in Central Michigan history while his 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns tied for the second-most ever by a Chippewa. Tipton finished the regular season having recorded seven-straight 100-yard games.

Walker, 6-5, 323 pounds, 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. For the year, he started all 12 games and was part of a line that tanked second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, while also paving the way for three different 100-yard rushers.

Washington, 5-11, 200 pounds, competed in 49 collegiate games and totaled 139 receptions for 1,837 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 carries for 90 yards and two scores. Washington ranks eighth in Appalachian State history in both receptions (139) and receiving yards (1,837). He enjoyed a breakout season as a senior in 2013, when he led the SoCon with 939 receiving yards and ranked second with 64 receptions, en route to all-conference first-team recognition. Washington also earned all-conference accolades as a return specialist after ranking 11th in NCAA Division I FCS with a 27.3-yard kickoff return average and 21st nationally with a 9.0-yard punt return average as a junior in 2012. His 23.4-yard career kickoff return average ranks fifth in Appalachian State history.

Washington is also one of only 16 nationwide recipients of the National Football Foundation’s 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Award, graduating from Appalachian State with a 3.80 cumulative grade point average. He was the University’s Most Outstanding Architectural Design Student in 2012-13 and was the winner of the architectural design department’s Spring 2013 portfolio


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SAFETY COLT ANDERSON 

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on April 21, 2014 – 6:58 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent safety Colt Anderson.

 

Anderson, 5-10, 194 pounds, appeared in 48 games (six starts) over the past four seasons (2010-13) with the Philadelphia Eagles and recorded 47 tackles (33 solo), four passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles and 46 special teams stops. He appeared in 14 games in 2013 and led the team with a career-high 16 special teams tackles. In 2012, Anderson started the final four games at safety and posted a team-high 36 tackles during that span. He was also named the Eagles 2012 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.

 

Anderson was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Montana in 2009. He was then signed by the Eagles off the Vikings practice squad on November 10, 2010. Anderson finished his college career at Montana ranked fifth on the school’s all-time list with 313 tackles. He also registered 17 passes defensed, 14.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 1.0 sack.


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