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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