COLTS CAMP NOTEBOOK

Monday, August 6 is the 10th day of practice for the Colts at Anderson University. The 2012 training camp will run in Anderson until August 17.

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ANDERSON – It was a gorgeous afternoon at Anderson University as the Colts put the full pads back on Monday.

After going through their normal paces to start practice, the Colts brought the offense and defense together for a 9-on-7 drill focusing on the run game.

The drill brought out some spirited plays, with both the offense and defense having some success.

Defensively, stopping the run is at the forefront of importance when it comes to talking about goals for the unit.

"That's just a philosophy of football going back to pee-wee football, less mistakes happen when an offense can just hand the ball off, run it, chew up the clock, keep your defense off the field, and I think philosophically that's the mentality of football.  You can't let somebody just line up and run over you," safety Tom Zbikowski said.

Following the 9-on-7 drill, the practice picked up tempo, especially in the passing department.

The front seven of the Colts defense had a nice afternoon getting pressure on all three quarterbacks.

The offense, however, was able to convert a pair of deep passes that went for touchdowns.

Wide receiver LaVon Brazill showed off the speed that fellow wide receiver Reggie Wayne says might be the fastest of the receiving group.  The rookie made an over-the-shoulder catch to haul in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Luck.

"Me and (Luck) have been on the same page.  We've been working hard in the offseason," Brazill said.  "I actually went out there to (California) to Stanford and worked out with him to get our timing up.  We also did a little work at Butler University.  So I think our chemistry is close, but I want to build that chemistry a little closer."

Later on in practice Wayne showed that he could still hold his own in the speed department with the young guys when he got behind the secondary for another deep touchdown connection with Luck.  He out-raced Zbikowski to the pylon.

Tuesday's schedule for the Colts will be a little different.  After their usual morning walk-through, they will not hit the practice field again until 6:30 p.m.

This marks the first of two night practices the Colts will have during training camp, with the practice scheduled to run until 9:10 p.m.

Expecting a nice crowd for the night practice will help the Colts prepare for playing in front of an even larger crowd on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

After hitting the road to open up the preseason last year, the Colts will welcome the St. Louis Rams to Indianapolis to kickoff their four-game preseason schedule at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The 2012 training camp has been all about the Colts so far, and that will continue the rest of this week and into Sunday's game.

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"No, no we don't game plan at all.  We practice against the Colts full-speed, and we'll play the Rams when they show up," Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians said.  "We don't have time to prepare for another team in the preseason.  We just give them a little film work, walk through some stuff and show them their basic defense and let them play football.  We're still in the stages of getting better fundamentally and everything else that we don't have to game plan and prepare for another team."

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NOTE OF THE DAY

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Following practice on Monday, a group of nine kids from Riley Hospital were able to go out to midfield and help the Colts break down the post practice huddle.  The kids were joined by family members and were able to get pictures and autographs with the players.

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

Defensive end Cory Redding gave the defense something to cheer about when he scooped up a fumble and high-stepped his way for a touchdown during an 11-on-11 drill.  Quarterback Andrew Luck connected on deep balls twice on Monday afternoon.  Rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill made a beautiful over the shoulder catch early in practice for a touchdown.  Wide receiver Reggie Wayne showed some speed as well to get by the secondary for another deep touchdown reception from Luck.

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Safety Tom Zbikowski on establishing the character, personality and the reputation of the Indianapolis defense on this defense:

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"We're not trying to be Baltimore, we're trying to be the Indianapolis Colts.  So, we don't want to take on the personality of another team.  That's taking away from who you are and then you're only going to be second- or third-best to someone else who is that.  We're trying to have our own personality and our own mentality."

COACH ARIANS SAYS

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Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on how much quarterback Andrew Luck will play during Sunday's preseason opener against St. Louis:

"Still up in the air.  We want to see how long we want to play that first line and the entire group, so we haven't really sat down and talked about it yet.  We'd like to get in 20 plays, maybe 25."

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TRIVIA QUIZ

Monday's Trivia Question:  In the 2004 season, the Colts had three receivers amass more than 1,000 yards receiving and score at least 10 touchdowns.  Wide receivers Marvin Harrison (1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns), Reggie Wayne (1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns) and Brandon Stokley (1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns) accomplished that feat.

Name the Colts' fourth-leading receiver that season and also who finished fourth on the team that year in touchdown receptions.

WHO'S COVERING THE COLTS

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky was once again at Colts practice on Monday.  Kuharsky is the AFC South blogger for ESPN.com and is staying in Anderson one more day to take in Tuesday's night practice.

CAMP SCHEDULE

The Colts were back on their normal two-a-day schedule on Monday.  The first night practice of the 2012 training camp will come on Tuesday and is scheduled from 6:30-9:10 p.m.  The Colts then will have an off day from the field on Wednesday.

WEATHER REPORT

It was a gorgeous start to the week on Monday as blue skies and temperatures in the mid-80s greeted fans and players at Anderson University.  Tuesday is expected to be more of the same with temperatures in the low 80s during the open night practice.

TRIVIA ANSWER

Monday's Trivia Question:  In the 2004 season, the Colts had three receivers amass more than 1,000 yards receiving and score at least 10 touchdowns.  Wide receivers Marvin Harrison (1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns), Reggie Wayne (1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns) and Brandon Stokley (1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns) accomplished that feat.

Name the Colts' fourth-leading receiver that season and also who finished fourth on the team that year in touchdown receptions.

Answer:  Running back Edgerrin James finished the year fourth on the team with 483 yards receiving.  Tight end Marcus Pollard finished the year fourth on the team in touchdown receptions with six.

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