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INSTANT REACTION: JOSH MCNARY SIGNED BY COLTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 11, 2013 – 2:25 pm

After a quiet week on the transaction front, the Colts broke that silence on Thursday afternoon when they signed former Army linebacker Josh McNary.

McNary’s playing career at Army ended in 2010 and he left West Point as one of the most decorated Cadets on and off the gridiron.

How does this acquisition impact the Colts?

First, let’s talk about McNary the player.

What McNary might lack in prototypical NFL-type size he makes up for with his pass rushing ability.

The 6-0, 250-pound linebacker thrived as an elite pass rusher during his time at Army. He set school records in tackles for loss (48.5) and sacks (27.5).

McNary moved to defensive end during his sophomore season but at just 250 pounds, one would think that a standup, probably outside linebacker, position would be a better fit at the next level.

With Dwight Freeney no longer in a Colts uniform, the need is there for a pass rusher opposite Pro Bowl outside linebacker Robert Mathis.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano has preached the need for competition throughout the entire roster. When McNary arrives to Indianapolis (upon finishing his active duty) you can expect to add his name to the group of Justin Hickman, Jerry Hughes, Lawrence Sidbury and Erik Walden as edge rushers.

Off the field, McNary embodied what Army is looking for in its student athletes.

The former walk-on was recipient of the 2011 Pat Tillman Award, which is given to a player at the East-West Shrine Game who ‘best demonstrates service, character and sportsmanship.’

After McNary’s playing career came to an end in 2011, he served, and is continuing to serve, in the United States Military.

All in all, the Colts are getting a high character individual, who was one of college football’s most disruptive pass rushers from 2008-2010.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN LB-JOSH McNARY, PLACE ON RESERVE/MILITARY LIST

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:19 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent linebacker Josh McNary and placed him on the team’s Reserve/Military List. McNary, who is currently commissioned in the United States Army, will finish his active duty service prior to joining the team.

 

“Josh had an outstanding career at West Point,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His production speaks for itself, but his intangibles rival any stats. He is still fulfilling the commitment he made to serving our country, but we look forward to him wearing the horseshoe here in the near future.”

 

McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, finished his career as Army’s all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).

 

As a senior in 2010, McNary capped off his career by returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The win gave Army its first winning season since 1996 and first postseason victory since the 1985 Peach Bowl.

 

Following his senior year, McNary was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete’s achievements and conduct, both on and off the field. Upon his graduation from West Point, McNary was commissioned as an officer in the Army, which prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.


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