With over half of the Colts roster beginning their first season with the organization, the new faces were a plenty on Saturday morning at Anderson University.
The 10 draft picks the Colts selected in April were joined by 16 other rookies getting their first taste of an NFL Training Camp.
In college, many teams held their own camps right on campus but now the ability to get away for a few weeks has caught the attention of the Colts No. 1 pick.
“Your life turns very simple. I appreciate that during camp,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “You really got football to focus on and not much else. That excites me.”
Freshly out of college, rookie tight end Coby Fleener said it felt similar to his first day at Stanford but admitted he feels much more comfortable understanding the nuances of the playbook than he was back then.
“It feels like it a little bit,” Fleener said of remembering his first year at Stanford. “A lot of learning to do, a lot of work to put in, but I think it will come a lot quicker than freshman year.”
Even though this is the first, of what hopes to be many, training camp for Fleener he understands the uniqueness of being somewhat secluded while putting in three weeks of work.
“It’s nice to kind of get away from the real world,” Fleener said. “It’s one of the few jobs in the world where you can kind of take a retreat I guess with your co-workers and it’s considered normal.”
Defensive end Cory Redding joked around that no rookie will be safe from some teasing with the veterans during training camp.
The occasional extra load of pads to and from practice might be in store for the first-year players but Redding assure it is all in good fun.
“It’s a lot of fun going through this process and not knowing what’s going on, you know, a lot of uncertainties. It’s vets like myself you help them calm down by giving them your pads to carry, giving them your helmet, all that kind of stuff,” Redding said.
“It’s training camp. You’ve got to have fun with them. It’s all about having fun and just trying to get to know the guys as much as possible.”
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As the cars were being unpacked and players loaded their gear into the dorms at Anderson University the number and size of the luggage varied.
Linebacker Pat Angerer added a television to his luggage for the first time in three years as he is hoping to watch some of the Summer Olympics.
For rookie quarterback Andrew Luck the trip to Anderson included one, or actually two, very important items.
“Probably my iPad,” Luck said of the one thing he couldn’t forget. “Well obviously the playbook iPad but also my personal iPad. I got the Kindle app so some books and the HBO Go app as well.”
Fellow rookie Coby Fleener said he added a rolling suitcase to his backpack and upon entering his dorm he quickly remembered his status in terms of being a veteran.
“I think walking into the dorms and you see that your room is on the third floor, you kind of realize again that you’re a rookie and will be walking these steps everyday,” Fleener said.
At the other end of the experience spectrum comes 10-year NFL veteran Cory Redding, who is no stranger to training camps.
Redding couldn’t help but laugh when thinking about what the Colts rookies are going through as they begin their lives in professional football.
This is Redding’s first training camp with the Colts and he is more than ready for another challenge with a new team while also offering some advice for his younger teammates.
“This is year 10. If I’m not ready I need to go find something else to do,” Redding said “I know what it takes to let them (rookies) know how to approach camp and it’s all about just coming in, learning what you can learn, fighting for a job and having fun while you are building up team chemistry.”
“This is what Anderson University, having us here is all about. Getting away from everybody, building, learning who we are as individuals and as players. ”
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COLTS CAMP NOTEBOOK
A RUNDOWN OF TODAY’S HAPPENINGS AT TRAINING CAMP
Intro: Saturday, July 28 is the first day of training camp for the Colts at Anderson University. The 2012 training camp will run in Anderson until August 17.
By Kevin Bowen
ANDERSON – One-by-one players rolled into Anderson University on Saturday morning to embark on another training camp and the start of the 2012 NFL Season.
This marks the third straight year the Colts have called Anderson home for training camp as they will practice at the university from July 29-Aug. 17.
Like many of the Colts rookies, the earliest arrivals to training camp were the first-year players.
Newly signed quarterback Andrew Luck greeted the media with a clean beard as he prepares for his first ever training camp.
“It’ll (training camp) be very important, so many new guys, new coach, new system,” Luck said. “I think just to have practice reps and to be around each other all day for however many weeks it is, is going to be very beneficial.”
This past month Luck headed down to Miami for four days to train with a number of the Colts wide receivers including Reggie Wayne.
It was Wayne that once again stole the show at the arrival of training camp. As he has done before in the past, Wayne had a little meaning behind his entrance into camp as he was dressed head to toe in army fatigues and exited out of a Humvee.
Wayne was flanked by soldiers from the Indiana National Guard in Shelbyville and announced ‘Reggie Wayne reporting for duty.’
That duty will officially begin on Sunday as practice for the Colts will start with a morning walk-through running from 9:30-10:50 a.m. and then a practice open to the public lasting from 1:50-4:30 p.m.
Sunday will start a three-day stretch of two-a-day practices for the Colts before an off-day on Wednesday.
Training camp will span over three weeks with the Colts having 12 days of two-a-day practices and three days of one practice.
The chance to finally put on pads is approaching and for the Colts that have been through the grind of an entire NFL off-season, how you utilize these days goes a long way to deciding the outcomes come Sundays in the fall.
“This (training camp) an OTA’s are the most important parts of the season,” linebacker Pat Angerer said. “This is where you win games and become a great team.”
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
-Quarterback Andrew Luck: On if he accelerates expectations over the next couple weeks:
“I think you get a little more sense of urgency because training camp is the beginning of the season really. So you understand okay there are games coming up. So I think you put a little more pressure on yourself to make sure you really are in the playbook and understanding the nuances of what is going on.”
COACH QUOTE OF THE DAY
-Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on his excitement of finally being able to put pads on:
“I can’t wait to put pads on. I’m really tired of this soccer stuff. I watched the Olympics last night but we need to put the pads on and get going and find out who’s going to get physical.”
Offensive tackle Justin Anderson and linebacker Tim Fugger were placed on the physically unable to perform list. Nose tackle Josh Chapman was placed on the non-football injury list.
Sunday’s practice sessions are 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:50 – 4:30 p.m. The afternoon practice is open to the public.
The weather in Anderson on Saturday was partly sunny with a high of 84 degrees. The low was 64 degrees. The forecast for Monday calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 87 degrees.
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