The Colts will head back out to the practice field shortly to begin Week Two of training camp. For now, here are some headlines on young receiver Griff Whalen and new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top pieces from Sunday, August 4th.
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Griff Whalen has spent the better part of the last six years proving people wrong.
As a walk-on at Stanford, Whalen eventually earned a scholarship and became a frequent target for quarterback Andrew Luck.
“Yeah, Griffer,” Luck said after a recent practice. “He’s always surprised people. I remember (him) coming in as a freshman, as a walk-on, we thought (Stanford) had the best scout team in America because sort of throw the ball up to Griff and he would go run and catch it. He’s always surprised people. He ended up earning a scholarship. He’s just a good, solid, steady guy, and he’s working his butt off. So it’s good.”
Now Whalen is doing the same thing with the Colts and his head coach has taken notice.
“He is just a reliable guy,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “He studies his craft. He’s a gym rat. He’s here all the time. He’s working. He knows what to do. He doesn’t make mental mistakes. It’s going to be really hard to get rid of a guy like that. So he is going to make it hard on us to try to get rid of him. So he is doing a great job.”
By: Phil Richards, Indy Star
Ever since Pep Hamilton’s days at Howard University, the now Colts offensive coordinator has been a notch above everyone else.
“Mentally, he was way ahead of the game,” Howard coach Steve Wilson said of Pep Hamilton. “He ended up being the backup quarterback for two all-Americans most of his career, but he was probably the most influential person we had in our program.
“I actually started him coaching before he ended his playing career. I always asked for his opinion. He called a lot more plays than he would ever let on while he was on the playing squad.”
Hamilton did more than coach Walker in 1993. When Ted White, a hotshot schoolboy quarterback from Baton Rouge, La., made his official visit, Hamilton was his player-host. Hamilton successfully recruited the player who would consign him to the bench most of his junior and senior seasons.
Winning was all that mattered.
White became a black college football all-American who threw 92 touchdown passes, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference career record that still stands. Hamilton was with him all the way.
“It was like having a coach on the field with me and having a coach in my ear,” said White, now Howard’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. “Every time I made a mistake, he knew what I did wrong. He was always a step ahead.
“He used to test me every night. He used to do drills to help me with protections.”
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