Late in the 2012 season when Vick Ballard looked towards the Colts sidelines running backs coach David Walker simply just stared back at him.
Ballard was the bell cow and injuries hardly let him catch his breath.
Come Sunday, Ballard will be more than happy to allow other backs get into the fray.
“I’ve been in two-back systems my whole career playing. It’s a way to get the other back rest. And like you said, I feed off the energy of the other back,” Ballard said earlier this week.
Says quarterback Andrew Luck of Bradshaw:
“I know he’s been chomping at the bit. He’s a tough sucker and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”
And the fullback Stanley Havili who will be paving the way on Sunday:
“I’m excited and I think the whole team is excited to get Ahmad out there. We all know what he can do and we all know what Vick and Donald (Brown) can do so we’re just excited to get someone out there fresh that can run the ball.”
Pep Hamilton said on Thursday that he isn’t exactly sure how running back carries will be split up against the Raiders.
Sunday will be Hamilton’s first in-person look at Bradshaw but he likes what he sees on film.
“He’s consistent. He’s a power runner. He can run between the tackles but when he breaks through that first line of defense, he has the ability to score touchdowns,” Hamilton said of Bradshaw.
Whether it’s Ballard, Bradshaw or Brown, the man calling the shots on Sunday knows that multiple backs are required in his offense.
And he’s confident that those backs will be running behind an imposing offensive line.
“Our offensive line, they’ve progressively gotten better since the start of camp and we expect that we’re going to be able to come out and control the line of scrimmage. That’s our ultimate goal,” Hamilton said on Thursday.
“It’s a long season and we expect to be able to run the football. We are sure that there will be enough opportunities to go around.”
Tags: ahmad bradshaw, Andrew Luck, David Walker, donald brown, Pep Hamilton, Stanley Havili, vick ballard
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This past Tuesday, nine players went to five different schools for Colts Days in Schools presented by Vincennes University.
About 1,200 books were given to area grade schools as the Colts players sat down and read to the students.
Here’s a list of the players and the schools that they attended:
–Sheldon Price and Hugh Thornton — Christel House Academy
–Coby Fleener and Griff Whalen— IPS #114 Paul I. Miller
–Jeff Linkenbach and Joe Reitz— Garden City Elementary School
-Dwayne Allen and Matt Overton- IPS #15 Thomas D. Gregg
-Josh Gordy— George & Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy
Also, here is a video of the first “Community Tuesday” of the 2013 season.
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The Colts put together a two-hour plus practice day on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s season opener. Today’s news looks at the Colts and Raiders quarterback situation.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 5th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell writes a very good piece on what it means to have a premier quarterback on firm ground in the NFL.
There are no better examples of the disparate possibilities — and anxieties — regarding the NFL’s most influential position than Sunday’s regular-season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indianapolis Colts follow the lead of quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft who’s coming off a record-setting rookie season. From 1998-2010, they followed Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time Most Valuable Player. The Colts have started the second-fewest quarterbacks (5) in the NFL since 1998 and have the second-best record in that stretch (.642).
“You sleep better at night,” coach Chuck Pagano said of that quarterback situation.
The Oakland Raiders have settled on Terrelle Pryor over Matt Flynn, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, although coach Dennis Allen noted he hasn’t made any announcement.
“Both those guys are preparing, getting ready to play,” he said in a Wednesday conference call.
By: Stephen Holder. Indy Star
While Raiders head coach Dennis Allen isn’t announcing his starting quarterback, reports out of northern California indicate Terrelle Pryor getting the nod.
Pryor brings a spread element and dual-threat abilities to the quarterback position.
If that’s the case, the Colts will have their work cut out for them for a couple of reasons:
• Pryor has played sparingly. There’s little history to work with because of his limited experience. The Raiders have a new offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, which further complicates matters.
• Pryor’s athletic ability will keep the Colts on guard.
“With his athleticism — we watched him in the preseason; we’ve watched him a long time — we know what he can do,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “The way he can create, the way he can run the read option, he gives you another dimension from a defensive standpoint. He’s dangerous.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano
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