Colts Sign Kicker from Murray State

On Monday, ColtPower reported that the Colts had taken a look at four kickers. One of them, Shane Andrus of Murray State, did well enough to earn a free agent contract offer from Indy this week.

One of the four kickers that the Colts brought in for tryouts last week has been offered a free agent contract according to a report at, the official website for Murray State Athletics.

Shane Andrus evidently impressed the Colts enough to secure an offseason roster spot that will allow him to start training with the Colts beginning April 4th.

Andrus has been working as a mortgage banker in Louisville, Kentucky. But he continued to practice his kicking in hopes of getting a chance to compete in the NFL.

Andrus received an invitation from the Colts to tryout for them as they started exploring new options since Mike Vanderjagt will be an unrestricted free agent.

Andrus has had a reputation for having a strong leg, which could help him land a job as a kickoff specialist. But he'll have to really impress in minicamps and training camp to get a shot being the sole kicker on the roster. He hit 47 of his 48 extra points as a senior and 11 of 14 field goal attempts that year -- including both 50+ yard attempts and 4 of his 5 from 40-49 yards out.

Andrus finished his collegiate career making 26 of 36 field-goal attempts (72%).

The Colts have one other kicker signed at this point, 2005 draft pick Dave Rayner who handled kickoff duties until late in the season. He finished the year on the Colts practice squad before being re-signed to a 2-year contract.

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