The Indianapolis Colts held their rookie mini-camp this weekend, and Chuck Pagano's message to the players was to "be so good that we can't ignore you." Every year at rookie camps, there are players in on a tryout basis that end up impressing and sticking around, and for the Colts this year that's no different.
Running back Abou Toure was in Colts rookie mini-camp simply as a tryout player, but he impressed enough to earn a spot on the 90-man offseason roster and the Colts signed him this morning. To make room for Toure on the roster, the team waived outside linebacker Terrell Hartsfield, who was in rookie mini-camp this weekend as an undrafted free agent.
Toure, a 6-2, 230 pound back, made a lot of different stops before ending up at UT Martin. In 2010, he played for Valley Forge Military College (in Wayne, PA), then in 2011 he played at Dean College (in Franklin, MA). He then played at Utah State in 2012 before finally winding up at UT Martin for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, where he rushed for 1,647 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Hartsfield is an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati and was originally signed by the Colts, but he was waived today to make room for Toure. Overall, this is a pretty minor roster move, but it goes to show yet again that players can make the most of an opportunity they are given and stick around after impressing in rookie mini-camp.