With a quick glance at the Indianapolis Colts’ current roster, Iowa fans should notice that it’s peppered with former Hawkeyes.
Veteran tight end Dallas Clark, safety Bob Sanders, linebacker Pat Angerer. and defensive end Mitch King account for roughly five percent of the Indianapolis roster. All four former Iowa starters look to have a big impact on the organization in 2010.
Clark is arguably the top tight end in the NFL right now. He caught 100 passes for 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
His performance on the field last season has earned Clark some attention off the field, and he was recently named Grand Marshall of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sanders looks to return to action this year, after suffering a ruptured biceps tendon in 2009.
Since being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, he has appeared in just eight games. The 2010 season could be a career-defining year for The Hitman.
King recently signed with the Colts back in January. The 2008 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year looks to use this to gain a position on the defensive line, after being released from the Tennessee Titans practice squad in 2009.
Angerer is still working out his contract with the organization, but is expected to sign soon.
The Colts drafted the Hawkeye linebacker in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. They hope Angerer will make an immediate impact on defense.
Head coach Jim Caldwell is one of the reasons for the thick Iowa presence, as he’s a Hawkeye himself.
Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back for the University of Iowa from 1973 to 1976, then served as a grad assistant under coach Bob Commings in 1977. He head coach Kirk Ferentz well, and is all too familiar with the type of player the Iowa program produces.
A total of 16 Big Ten players are currently listed on the Colts' roster. Iowa accounts for 25 percent of those players.
Maybe it's time to nickname Lucas Oil Stadium, Kinnick East.
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