Over the course of three days in April, Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish heard 252 names called before he was finally taken with the last pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The wait was well worth it for the Indiana native as Harnish is able to play for his home state team while living his lifelong dream.
Harnish is taking reps as the third string quarterback in training camp and knows that while he might not be running with the first team, he has to be ready at any time.
“Just take those mental reps because you never know when a player goes down or they need a break, whenever it may be, that maybe your opportunity to shine so you never want an opportunity to fall through the waste side,” Harnish said.
If the mental aspect of Harnish’s game is anything like his physical one than he will be just fine. The Northern Illinois product started 45 games for the Huskies and finished third all-time in the Mid-American Conference amassing 11,927 yards of total offense.
He scored 92 career touchdowns for NIU and took his team to a bowl game in each of his four seasons as a starter.
When Harnish isn’t taking snaps with the Colts offense this training camp, he can be seen off to the side of the offense cradling a football, waiting for his turn.
“You always have to be mentally prepared and one thing that I like to do is I just carry a football around with me and take a snap here or there, or throw a pass here or there, just to keep my arm loose,” he said.
Keeping his arm loose is something Harnish has been doing for a long time and off the field he will need to get his vocals warmed up as well for an upcoming performance.
It seems to be that one Colts rookie has been forced to sing at team meetings each night at training camp and Harnish knows coach Pagano will be calling his name very soon.
“I’ve got my song in my mind and I’ll let you know when it happens,” Harnish said.
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