The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Sports

April 25, 2013

Colts add pass rusher in Werner at 24

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis-based USA Football helped Bjoern Werner come to America.

Now the former Florida State star and German native will make his home in the Circle City.

The Colts looked past a less than stellar performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, and focused instead of Werner’s 13 sacks last season with the Seminoles and his status as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

“He’s a hell of a football player,” general manager Ryan Grigson said. “You turn on the film, and he jumps off at you. He’s one of those guys you watch and you say he’s not going to be there (at 24).”

Werner came to the Salisbury School in Connecticut as part of USA Football’s International Student Program but never played a down of American football until he was a teenager.

He arrived in America knowing very little English but became a star on the gridiron by his sophomore season. He was heavily recruited and chose Florida State, where he made 27 starts and recorded 23.5 sacks in three seasons.

With the Colts, Werner will line up as an outside linebacker opposite Robert Mathis. And his best football could still be ahead of him.

“He’ll be the first one to tell you he’s still learning,” Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said. “He has a very high ceiling, and his future is very bright.”

Grigson and Pagano traveled down to Tallahassee for a private workout, and both men came away convinced Werner has the versatility to play either outside linebacker position in Pagano’s hybrid 3-4 scheme.

That allowed the Colts to look past a 4.8-second time in the 40-yard dash and trust the player they saw on film.

“You shouldn’t let a great player slide by you,” Grigson said, “because he didn’t run a great 40 time.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

    With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.

    April 20, 2014

  • Lady Ravens refusing to lose

    The Anderson University softball team swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Transylvania University on Saturday at Raven Field to finish a perfect 8-0 at home this season.

    April 19, 2014

  • Arabians win third straight County softball title It was a scenario Pendleton Heights had seen before. The game was scoreless late into the championship game of the Madison County softball tournament.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bulldogs rally past Eagles at Muller Kallen Brooks went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double in the eighth inning, and Lapel rallied to defeat rival Frankton 3-2 on Saturday at Memorial Field.

    April 19, 2014

  • Eagles stop Lions to claim third place Frankton's Tia Sharp drove in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles defeated Liberty Christian 11-1 here Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • PH pushes across only run in 7th

    After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014