Another day, more player signings for the Indianapolis Colts.
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin agreed to terms with the Colts on Tuesday evening and officially signed with the team Wednesday. Franklin (6-1, 315) is a 10-year NFL veteran with stops in Baltimore (2003-06), San Francisco (2007-10), New Orleans (2011) and San Diego (2012).
A fifth-round draft pick by the Ravens in 2003, the former University of Tennessee standout can play both defensive tackle in a 4-3 defensive scheme as well as nose tackle in a 3-4 alignment. He will join a growing group of nose tackles currently on the Indianapolis roster, along with Josh Chapman, Brandon McKinney and Martin Tevasue.
Franklin is familiar with the Colts’ hybrid 3-4 set-up due to his association with defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The two worked together with the 49ers. Indianapolis has now signed nine new players since the veteran free agency period began last week.
“Aubrayo is a great fit for our team on many fronts,” said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s an excellent run defender that plays with great technique and has played in the scheme for Greg Manusky in the past. We feel he is a veteran ‘pillar’ type addition that will bring a strong intangible package to the field and our locker room. We are all glad he is now a Colt and part of our team.”
It was the opportunity to re-join Manusky that prompted Franklin to make the move to the Colts. He played in 12 games (with nine starts) with San Diego in 2012, totaling 23 tackles, including 19 solo stops.
“[It was] just the chance to get back with my former defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky. Plus these guys made the playoffs [last season] and I feel like they are a contender again,” the Johnson City, Tenn. native said during a Wednesday evening teleconference.
“[Manusky and Franklin] were real close in [San Francisco]. We came in at the same time. It was his first defensive coordinator job and it was my first year up there so we grew together.”
Franklin has appeared in 126 games, making 79 starts over his 10-year NFL career. He holds regular season totals of 431 tackles (230 solo), eight passes broken up, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
“[I’m] a hard, tough-nosed player, ready to give up my body to allow my linebackers to make plays, be free and make tackles,” he said.
Chapman, a fifth-round draft pick from Alabama last spring, and McKinney are ecovering from knee issues. Neither played last season.
According to reports from Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano, Chapman — who was hurt as a senior at the University of Alabama — appears to be farther along in his recovery and is expected to take part in the team’s organized team activities this spring.
McKinney may not be cleared to resume practice until the start of training camp in August. Tevasue, meanwhile, saw quality minutes as a backup last fall with the Colts.
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n Reitz signs his tender — Exclusive rights free agent Joe Reitz has signed his tender with the team.The versatile offensive lineman started eight-of-nine games with Indianapolis last year.
A graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School, the 6-foot-7, 322-pound offensive guard has started 17 of the 20 games in which he has played with the Colts the last two seasons.
n Freeney to visit Denver — Former Colts defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney is scheduled to visit with Denver Broncos officials today.
Despite being Indianapolis’ career sacks leader, Freeney was not offered a new contract when his contract expired March 12.
He is one of three quality defensive ends currently available to prospective teams, along with John Abraham and Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil and the Broncos parted ways late last week after initially agreeing to a new deal.
Another day, more player signings for the Indianapolis Colts.
Folk group Speedbumps to perform free show at The Woods April 14
The Speedbumps, an indie folk group and Independent Music Awards winner, is scheduled to play at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on Monday.
ISU, South singers on stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center on April 12
A group of Indiana State students embarked on a trip of a lifetime as they boarded a bus on Tuesday on their way to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The Sycamores, along with 21 students from Terre Haute South Vigo High School, are to perform Saturday.
ISU Symphony giving free concert on April 17
The Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Tilson Auditorium at ISU.
Boot City act to perform Ray Price tribute April 12
Fiddle player and vocalist Dennis Stroughmatt will perform a tribute to country legend Ray Price at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Boot City Opry.
- Concert listings: April 10, 2014
ISU Faculty Brass Quintet to perform April 3
The Indiana State University School of Music Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a variety of works during a performance at 7:30 p.m. today in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The quintet includes Robert Waugh and Edward Ludma on trumpet, Brian Kilp on horn, Randy Mitchell on trombone and Glen Dimick on tuba.
Opry opens season April 5 with Lloyd Wood
Lloyd Wood and his band will open the eighth season of the Boot City Opry in Terre Haute at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Wood has performed one or more shows each year at the Opry since its initial opening in 2006 and continues to be one of the most popular performers at the Opry.
- Concert listings: April 3, 2014
ISU to present March 28 Spring Choral Concert
Indiana State University’s Spring Choral Showcase Concert will provide patrons a preview to a program destined for the Big Apple. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the University Hall Theater, will feature the Women’s Choir, Sycamore Singers and Concert Choir.
- Concert listings: March 27, 2014
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Rose-Hulman students, faculty to perform ‘Engineers in Concert’
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students and faculty members will once again showcase their musical and dancing talents in the college’s annual “Engineers in Concert” performance on Friday in the Hatfield Hall Theater.
Five by Design, Richie Cole are ‘Cool and Swingin’ March 22
Back by popular demand, Five by Design returns to Terre Haute March 22 with a new show featuring alto saxophone legend Richie Cole. “Cool and Swingin’” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium at Indiana State University.
- Concert listings: March 13, 2014
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Band to perform Feb. 15 with tribute artist
Casey-Westfield High School band will perform with Elvis tribute artist Travis James at a fundraising concert scheduled 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the school at 306 E. Edgar Ave., in Casey.
‘An Evening of Romantic Music’ Feb. 22 with the Terre Haute Symphony
The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra’s next concert coincides with Valentine’s Day weekend so music director Dr. David Bowden has put together “An Evening of Romantic Music.”
Denise Gamez, guest vocalist, will perform a medley of songs including “Can’t Help Loving Dat Man,” “I Hate Men,” and “The Man I Love” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in ISU’s Tilson Auditorium. The program will include Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and, perhaps, the most romantic piece ever written, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.
- Concert listings: Feb. 13, 2014
John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio at ISU Feb. 16
The John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Recital Hall of Indiana State University’s Richard Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.
- Concert listings: Feb. 6, 2014
Woods Chorale and Madrigals to perform March 10 in New York
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Chorale and Madrigals, a select ensemble composed of 24 of the school’s most talented voices, is scheduled to perform at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City to commemorate International Women’s Day in March.
Great American Songbook concert Feb. 4 showcases singers, songwriters
In a celebration of great songwriters and singers, faculty and students of Indiana State University’s School of Music will bring to life a collection of well-loved standards during a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Hall Theater.
Winter Choral Festival Feb. 7 to feature Cantus
Lincoln Trail College is scheduled to present Cantus as guest artist for its 2014 Winter Festival on Feb. 7.
Members of Cantus, a men’s vocal ensemble, performs without a conductor, and rehearse as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.
- Concert listings: Jan. 30, 2014
Concert Jan. 29 to feature ISU Wind Orchestra
Vincennes University will present a guest concert featuring the Indiana State University Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
Admission is free. The Skelton Center is on the Vincennes University campus at 20 Red Skelton Blvd.
Masterworks Chorale searching for vocalists
Indiana State University’s Masterworks Chorale, a community choir that serves the Wabash Valley, is looking for vocalists who love choral music and are interested in performing.
The 70- to 75-voice ensemble, which performs major choral works each semester, comprises Indiana State students, faculty and staff, and community members.
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