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Colts Camp

August 16, 2011

Golden opportunity

Indy native knows this may be his only chance to play for Colts

ANDERSON, Ind. — Indianapolis native Darren Evans knows a little bit about a crowded backfield, but he’s determined not to let this chance slip away.

The Indianapolis Colts signed Evans in late July in hopes that the big running back could fill a void.

At 6 feet and 227 pounds, it would seem that he could fill a big void.

He was undrafted out of Virginia Tech, where he was named MVP in the 2009 Orange Bowl.

In 2006, the Warren Central product was named Indiana’s Mr. Football.

In his preseason debut in St. Louis last Saturday, he led the team in rushes (eight) and yards (52) and had the longest run from scrimmage, a 23-yard blast.

Yet he still knows there is work to do.

“I hope to get more playing time,” Evans said on Tuesday about Friday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Washington. “But there’s seven of us (running backs) on the roster so I don’t know if that will happen. Whatever chance I get, I want to show what I can do. There’s no way I want to miss this chance to play for the Colts.”

Among those seven in camp, Evans is tied for the tallest and is second in the weight department.

The team has been notorious for struggling in short-yardage situations.

He hopes to help in that area but just learning the entire playbook has been challenging.

“My goal here has been to learn the playbook and be as confident as I can,” Evans said. “I want to know as much as I can so my mind doesn’t trip up my body while I’m out there.”

That’s a sincere possibility with the Colts.

“This is my first year in the NFL, but I can’t imagine a playbook more difficult,” he said. “It’s a whole lot different from anything I’ve seen before. You just can’t imagine how tough it is. Some things are like a play on words. There could be a whole sentence condensed into one word.”

Then there’s one more thing that can complicate this further.

“Then when (quarterback) Peyton (Manning) starts making calls, then I say, ‘What was that again?’”

He is trying to stay positive and upbeat, but he finds that isn’t always easy.

“I really don’t know,” Evans said when asked where he stood with the team currently. “I haven’t been given a lot of feedback in that area. But I am going to stay ready, work hard and do my best to show them what I can do.”

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Colts Camp
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    Colts linebacker Philip Wheeler was back in Anderson on Tuesday for the first time since training camp closed on Aug. 18.
    And he said the team is looking forward to Sunday’s home opener against Cleveland, coming on the heels of a 34-7 loss in Houston.

    September 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0819 sports colts camp 053.jpg Colts break camp

    As the team broke ranks and prepared to return to Indianapolis for today’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins, there was still no word on when Peyton Manning will make his season debut.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo 1 Video

  • 0819 sports colts camp 140.jpg Stay at AU brings ‘brothers’ together

    For punter Pat McAfee there was just one little thing missing from Indianapolis Colts Training Camp this year.
    “My bed, not even a question. I love my bed. I enjoy Anderson University, obviously, but I’ve taken time on my bed to make it perfect for me and that’s what I’m excited to get back to,” McAfee said after the Colts’ final practice at AU on Thursday. “If I could have brought it here, which is what I should’ve done and what some vets do, it would have been a perfect experience.”

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • Detienne sends team back to Indianapolis

    A face familiar to Anderson football fans joined the Indianapolis Colts final huddle Thursday morning at Macholtz Stadium.
    Kerry Detienne, who was diagnosed with leukemia as a Highland senior in 2008, broke down the huddle and helped send the team on its way back home to Indianapolis.

    August 18, 2011

  • 0818 spts peter king.jpg Clarification

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0802_stand_colts005.JPG 2011 Colts Training Camp Timeline

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0818 spts tyler brayton.jpg Brayton hits ground running with Colts

    Defensive lineman Tyler Brayton got something of a rough introduction to the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday night.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0819 sports colts camp 106.jpg Colts wrap up training camp

    The Indianapolis Colts broke training camp Thursday with a 75-minute practice at Macholtz Stadium.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo 1 Video

  • 0818 sports colts camp 051.JPG Colts shuffle O-line

    One of the more interesting developments from Tuesday night’s practice was a shifting of positions along the offensive line.
    Rookie Anthony Castonzo and second-year player Joe Reitz were to the left of center Jeff Saturday, while Jeff Linkenbach was at right tackle with Ryan Diem at right guard.
    The biggest shock was Diem’s move from tackle to guard — a position he hasn’t played in nine years.

    August 17, 2011 2 Photos 1 Video

  • Teverbaugh, Rick.jpg Rick Teverbaugh: So long but not farewell

    If you’re heading out to the final Indianapolis Colts practice and it isn’t your first visit this year, be prepared for a bit of culture shock.

    August 17, 2011 1 Photo

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