INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It's back to business at the Colts' Complex this week as the team returned for off season voluntary workouts.
This year, things are a little different for the bulk of this squad, which last season was littered with rookies. For one, quarterback Andrew Luck doesn't have to worry about bouncing back and forth between Indianapolis and Palo Alto, balancing classes and Colts' obligations.
The expectations for this team are also as high as ever, but the team feels they're on the right track.
"A bunch of guys look like they've come back bigger, faster, stronger," said Luck. "I know there's a lot of pride in the guys to work hard. We trust Mr. Grigson and all the moves he makes. We know he's bringing in guys that will help us win, that can be major contributors that can fit into the locker room. I'm very excited for all the new guys and for us to really get going once the coaches can get on the field."
Even with workouts in full swing, the buzz around the locker room continued to be about the battle for jersey #8.
Backup quarterback Chandler Harnish wore #8 last season while new addition quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has worn #8 since 2001. Hasselbeck told us it was his idea to issue a challenge to Harnish: make a half court shot and I'll take the #8, but give you $8,000. Harnish made the shot, on what he says was the first try.
"First try! Matt vouched for it, everybody there would," said Harnish. "We had about 10 witnesses on the scene, but it was such a cool experience because I was being a little cocky. I'm an Indiana kid, so I can hoop a little bit and lo and behold, a little crossover, a couple of dribbles and it goes in."
"That was a wild deal," added Hasselbeck. "It was a lot of fun, and it's those kinds of things that kinda brings the team together. It really was a crazy thing."
The $8,000 will go to Norwell High School's "Dollars for Scholars" program, which is at Harnish's alma mater. He says it's in honor of a student there who recently passed away.
Harnish will now sport #5. He told us he was debating between #9 and #5, but decided to go with #5 to carry on former backup quarterback Drew Stanton's legacy.
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Avon Police Department and Avon Community School Corp. are investigating photos sent from female students to male students, police officials said.
Matt Painter has Purdue on the upswing, and they head into Saturday's Crossroads Classic clash with Butler on a 3-game winning streak. The goal? Win the school's first game in the elite doubleheader.