INDIANAPOLIS – For the third straight year, the Colts will be hosting a local Pro Day for draft-eligible players who prepped or played collegiately in the Indianapolis area.
Twenty players with those ties will work out on Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for Colts personnel officials in advance of the May 8-10 NFL Draft.
While other teams have been conducting these types of workouts for years, Indianapolis joined the mix in 2012 under General Manager Ryan Grigson.
During the Colts’ Indianapolis era, a handful of local products have made the team or spent significant time in the attempt to do so, notably Jeff George, Devin Moore and Josh Gentry.
Approximately half of the invitees are offensive players, and here are their workout capsules:
RB, 5-8, 185
Indiana State, Warren Central HS
Bell ran for 420 yards on 78 carries in 2013 after being a 2011 Walter Payton Award co-runner-up…Bell earned 2012 All-America notice by AP and The Sports Network and was all-conference choice by running for 1,475 yards and 11 TDs on 269 carries…averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 134.1 yards per game…in 2011 was first-ever ISU player and sophomore ever invited to Walter Payton Award ceremony…was First-Team All-America choice by four entities…topped nation with 1,670 rushing yards and a 151.8 average…had 649 rushing yards and two TDs as freshman in 2010…was parade All-America choice at Warren Central…scored 38 TDs in last season, with 7.7 rushing average and 204.0 yards per game average.
WR, 6-0, 172
University of Cincinnati, Pike HS
McClung played in 47 games at Cincinnati, appearing in 11 or more outings in each of his last three seasons…totaled 177 career receptions for 2,378 yards and 15 TDs, including a career-best 72 for 939 yards in final season…five scores in 2013 ranked behind career-high six in 2011…had receptions in every outing in final year, with 7-115 at Rutgers and 9-137 at Houston and had two TD snares vs. Temple…also had 18 punt returns in final year, 35 for career…had 11 career kickoff returns…had 34 receptions as junior and 49 in second season.
RB, 6-0, 195
Indiana, Southport HS
Turner played in 16 career games, with 11 coming in 2010…had 28 rushes for 157 yards and seven receptions for 54 yards in second season at IU…also had 12 kickoff returns for 21.1 avg….top outing came at sixth-ranked Wisconsin with 11 rushes for 103 yards, including 67-yard burst…had 155 all-purpose yards against Badgers…had 24-yard TD run at Western Kentucky…was two-time special teams player-of-the-week…played in five games as sophomore in 2011 and was member of track and field team…had 6.99 in 60-meter and 22.83 in 200-meter during indoor season…ran 11.05 in 100-meter in outdoor season…did not play in 2012 and saw no action in 2013.
FB, 6-1, 240
Purdue, Carmel HS
Freitag opened career as walk-on in 2009 and did not play until 2011 season…was a four-game reserve in 2011 and had first career rush against Minnesota…started three of 12 games in 2012 and had eight rushes for 47 yards and one TD…had three receptions for 32 yards…had seven-yard TD rush against Eastern Kentucky…had one rush in Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State…in final season had one rush for 14 yards and four receptions for 32 yards while appearing in 12 games…earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during career.
QB, 6-4, 213
University of Indianapolis, Lafayette Central Catholic HS
Played in five games in 2013 after starting 31 outings over previous three seasons…in 2013, was 86-of-143 passing for 1,100 yards and seven TDs…was Preseason Third-Team All-America choice by USA College Football…was First-Team all-conference in 2012 with 13 starts, 3,013 yards, 27 TDs and 13 interceptions…set school seasonal marks with 246 completions and 66.5 pct….was First-Team all-conference choice with 11 starts in 2011…hit 243 passes for 2,980 yards (63.8 pct.) and 29 TDs…yardage total paced conference and he set then-school seasonal records in completions and pct….started seven games in 2010.
WR, 6-2, 217
Indiana, Cathedral HS
Ended career with 132 receptions for 1,956 yards and 13 TDs in 45 games, including 31 starts…became 19th Indiana performer with 100 career receptions and 1,000 yards…six 100-yard games tied for sixth in school history, while he ranked eighth in yards and tied for 10th in receptions…was senior team captain and had 47 receptions for 739 yards in 2013, starting 12 times…had second-highest seasonal total with 43 receptions in 2012…had three 100-yard games in 2013, ranked sixth in Big Ten yards/game, tied for seventh in scores and ninth in yards…was 9-120 receiving at fourth-ranked Ohio State and was 6-138 (including 67-yard TD catch) at Michigan…was second on team in receptions in 2013, third in 2012 and first in 2011 (35)…had 27 career rushes for 162 yards and had stops defensively in each season with Hoosiers.
TE, 6-3, 237
Ball State, Plainfield HS
Was First-Team All-MAC choice in final two seasons…started 13 games in 2013 and had 40th career start at GoDaddy Bowl…in 53 career outings had 130 receptions for 1,185 yards and nine TDs…had season-high eight receptions at North Illinois and had career-long 51-yarder vs. Central Michigan…started 10 times in 13 games in 2012, including Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl…had career-best 11 receptions and 98 yards vs. Northern Illinois…57 receptions and 461 yards marked seasonal-bests…had 18 receptions in 2011 while playing in 12 games…played four games in 2010 after appearing in 11 as freshman in 2009…was 2012-13 Academic All-MAC and was on 2013 preseason watch list for John Mackey Award.
OT, 6-7, 305
North Carolina, Plainfield HS
Was 2013 All-America candidate who was First-Team All-ACC for second straight season after being Second-Team choice in 2011…started school-record-tying 48 games since earning nod in second week of true freshman year…saw action in vast majority of team’s games throughout 2013, consistently grading in 90 percent range with double-digit knockdown blocks…in 2012 helped Carolina set marks in total offense, scoring and passing yards, while club allowed 11 sacks (9th in nation)…in 2011 with LG-Jonathan Cooper became first UNC OL tandem to earn All-ACC nod since 1993…opened 13 games that year, graded at 88 percent in 851 snaps and helped Giovani Bernard rush for 1,253 yards…started 12-of-13 games as freshman in 2010.
OL, 6-6, 310
University of Cincinnati, Pike HS
Saw action in 13 games in 2013, his highest seasonal game total of career…played in four games as reserve lineman in 2011 and 2012…was redshirted in 2009…played guard but has multi-positional versatility…was all-state grid prep selection at Pike and played two years of basketball.
OG, 6-6, 330
Eastern Illinois, Carmel HS
Started 12 games at RG for nation’s top offensive unit…was part of starting line that earned OVC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors following FBS win over San Diego State…it marked first time in league history an offensive line took the award…helped team set school and OVC records in total and passing offense and scoring…started 12 games in 2012 for nation’s sixth-ranked total offense…helped school amass 5,651 yards and 34 TD passes, both seasonal records…started 10-of-11 games in 2011 as team ranked 27th nationally in pass offense…was Phil Steele FCS Preview preseason All-OVC Second-Team pick…started 11 times as redshirt freshman RG in 2010…was lone lineman to open every game and play same position all season…was redshirted in 2009.
OT, 6-8, 317
Western Kentucky, Warren Central HS
Opened in nine games in 2013 as WKU posted 8-4 mark…started at RT until missing final three outings…as junior, earned two starts at LT while appearing in nine games…started against Southern Mississippi and Louisiana-Monroe…school had 1,009 yards and 84 points in his two starts…saw lone action in 2011 at Florida Atlantic…was redshirted in 2010 season and saw action in 11 games as true freshman in 2009…was member of two Indiana 5A State Champions at Warren Central and lettered four years in football and basketball.
OG, 6-3, 300
Alabama-Birmingham, Cathedral HS
Played final three seasons at Alabama-Birmingham after starting career at Miles College…appeared in first seven games in 2013 before missing the rest of season…was reserve performer in school’s wins over Florida International and NW-Louisiana…ended 2012 season as starting lineman who opened last four outings and five overall…started against Ohio State, Southern Miss, Marshall, Memphis and Central Florida…made shift to OL during fall practice prior to season…joined UAB prior to 2011 season and did not see action on defensive line…opened career as defensive lineman at Miles College in 2010 without seeing action.