ANDERSON – And with one final sound of the horn, the 2012 Colts’ training camp at Anderson University officially is in the books.
The Colts held a morning walk-through inside Macholtz Stadium before packing up and heading to Indianapolis to continue preparations for Sunday night’s nationally-televised preseason game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Obviously we had a great day,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said. “I would like to thank the fans again for coming out on this last outing. The people of Anderson, everybody associated with the university, they’ve done an outstanding job.
“We felt like we had a really productive camp, got a lot of things done and it’s a credit to everybody at this university. The fans and the city have been awesome to help us get done what we needed to get done. Thanks to those people.”
After completing the walk-through, the practice picked up tempo before Pagano called the team together.
Pagano had kicker
If he hit, camp would come to a close.
McAfee had just made two from a similar yardage but this one sailed wide left. Pagano then stepped in and had the Colts punter attempt a 38-yarder, which he nailed to close out camp in Anderson.
“It was definitely a lot of fun to kick and we’re breaking camp, which is good news for everybody,” McAfee said.
The highlight of Friday morning’s practice came via a sight that Colts fans have not seen.
It took three weeks of training camp but outside linebacker
Freeney tipped a screen pass and hauled the interception in before returning it for a touchdown.
The scoring return for Freeney upped the already enthusiastic practice.
Camp will pick back up in Indianapolis for the Colts as the team prepares for back-to-back road contests.
The Colts are coming off a 38-3 win in their preseason opener versus the Rams and now have their eyes set on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“We want to correct the mistakes we made last week. We don’t want to go out there and continuously make the same mistakes,” wide receiver
“Pittsburgh is going to be a good test for us. They’re a defense that throws a lot of stuff at you, so we are definitely going to have to have our best foot forward and be ready for it.”
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney’s tipped interception for a touchdown was the defensive highlight of the day at practice. Tight end
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne on if the team got done what they needed to in Anderson:
“We are barely even scratching the surface. Camp is over here in Anderson, but it’s still going on at the Farm Bureau. We just got to continue to stay in camp mode, continue to get better each day, so we can go and play as a team.”
COACH PAGANO SAYS
Head Coach Chuck Pagano on the training camp as a whole:
“We’ve come together as a team. You laid the foundation in the offseason. We’ve got a foundation that was built on rock, and not sand. We talked about when they left (before training camp) I wanted them to think about how to become champions and how to serve one another. They came back in great shape. Everything that we got done here is just a credit to our veteran leadership, everybody just buying in. The culture we are trying to create – team, team, team. Everything is based on the team and winning. It’s not a surprise to any of us coaches that we’ve had a productive camp.”
Friday’s Trivia Question: Colts kicker
WHO'S COVERING THE COLTS
Even though Friday was the last day of Colts training camp, a pair of prominent national media members were in Anderson. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora took in the morning walk-through.
The Colts held one final walk-through on Friday morning in Anderson. The team now will return to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for the rest of the season.
The 2012 training camp ended how it started with clear and sunny skies on Friday morning. The temperature was a perfect 75 degrees.
Friday’s Trivia Question: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has the team record for most field goals in playoff history. How many playoff field goals has Vinatieri made during his time (2006-2011) with the Colts?
Answer: Vinatieri is 19-of-20 during the playoffs as a member of the Colts. Five of those field goals have been from at least 48 yards. During the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI run in 2007, Vinatieri accounted for all 15 points in the Colts’ 15-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round.