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August 7, 2012

Colts complete first night practice at AU

ANDERSON, Ind. — Andrew Luck’s final pass of the day was batted away by Jerraud Powers in the front corner of the end zone, and Cory Redding was ready to celebrate.

“Game over,” the gregarious defensive end said with a skip in his step. “D wins.”

The first night practice of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2012 training camp was one of its most energetic and competitive.

An announced crowd of 5,000 fans watched the two-hour, 40-minute session that ended with a series of two-minute drills.

Despite Redding’s playful boast after Luck’s final drive ended with an incompletion intended for Austin Collie, the offense won more battles than it lost.

Luck set camp highs with 30 completions and 45 attempts.

He also threw four touchdown passes, including a nearly perfectly placed ball from about 30 yards out to Collie during an earlier two-minute drill.

The rookie quarterback also hit another long touchdown throw, connecting with rising youngster Kris Adams for a bomb of about 70 yards.

“There were plays being made on both sides of the ball, but it’s obvious to see that the quarterbacks and the receivers, they’ve got a good thing going on,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I don’t care who you have on the other side, the way they’re playing, they’re making some throws.”

Third-string quarterback Chandler Harnish also threw consecutive touchdown passes to Adams during a red-zone drill.

The first came on a leaping one-handed catch, as the former UTEP receiver’s string of highlight-reel plays continued.

Backup quarterback Drew Stanton led a touchdown drive on his first two-minute drill, capped by a seven-yard scoring run by second-year running back Delone Carter.

Stanton ended the practice with a drive that died when his fourth-down pass fell incomplete in the far corner of the end zone.

Pagano said the session under the lights and in front of the largest crowd of camp so far re-energized his troops.

“I want to thank the fans,” he said. “These guys feed off their energy and enthusiasm.”

The Colts will have an off day today and return to work Thursday with a closed morning walk-through followed by a public practice at 1:50 p.m.

Indianapolis will have another walk-through and practice Friday before opening the preseason Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the St. Louis Rams.

Pagano said they’ll use the next two days to put the finishing touches on their game preparation.

“I want to get their legs back, number one,” he said. “We’ll continue to work the situational stuff that we’ve got to work. We’ll hit some of those crazy things in special teams, offense and defense that can come up in the game. We have to be ready for any of the situations.”

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