ANDERSON — It was homecoming day at Anderson University on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed about 150 youth football players from
Franklin Township shortly after the morning walkthrough ended.
The youngsters took part in a Heads Up Football/NFL Play 60 clinic
conducted in conjunction with USA Football at Macholtz Stadium. Drills
focused on proper tackling and fundamentals.
But the most interesting aspect was the instructors. The players were
tutored by a host of former Colts including Gary Brackett, Bill Brooks,
Mark Herrmann, Stan Eisenhooth, Roosevelt Potts, Gary Padjen, Chukie
Nwokorie, Darvell Huffman, Geno Riley, Danny Kight and Heads Up Football
ambassador Mike Prior.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was happy to welcome the former players.
"Love it, love it, it's our history," he said. "They laid a foundation.
All those guys and their blood, sweat and tears over the years, they're
Colts history. I told our players, I mentioned we've got 10, 12 former
Colts greats that are here spending the day with us and to make sure you
take a minute when you have time after practice and introduce yourself.
"Some of these guys obviously played with them and know them already, but
we would all be remiss if we didn't take advantage of getting to know
these guys. They were at a walkthrough already, and they're doing
something with USA Football. We've got a group of about 150 youth football
players out here today, and they're going through some instruction with
them. So I love that part of it. We can't have those guys around enough.
They've got so much to share if guys are willing to listen. So we really
Second time around
Sunday's practices were the start of the second week of training camp, and
Pagano said he expects to see growth.
The team still is in the installation process on both offense and defense.
So new concepts still are being added daily.
It's not a perfect process, but there is a clear measurement of progress.
"We just don't want repeat offenders," Pagano said. "Whatever mistakes
that they've made, there's going to be mistakes made. But what you'd like
to do is, 'OK, come in, watch the tape, clean up the mistakes and then
Inside linebacker Pat Angerer began training camp on the physically unable
to participate (PUP) list because he still is recovering from a foot
But, at recent practices, Angerer also has been seen with his knee wrapped
and surrounded by ice packs. Pagano said the process has been frustrating,
but he likes what he's seen recently from the fourth-year player.
"He is in a great place right now," Pagano said. "He's better than he has
ever been from a mental standpoint. That's the hardest thing, when you
have one after another, when you have an injury and then you come back and
think you are 100 percent and something else happens. You start to get
obviously frustrated from a confidence level and all those things. But Pat
is in a great place and feels really good about where he is at.
"Again, we are not going to push him until we know he is 100 percent, and
he is working his tail off with Erin (Barill) and Dave (Hammer) and the
trainers. And he is on the side and doing his rehab and going through
position-specific drills with our trainers. So it's just a matter of time
before Pat gets back."