Going to Indy

The Seahawks faced off with the Indianapolis Colts last year in preseason August 7 at Husky Stadium and walked away with a 28-16 win. Even better than the win, Seahawks fans finally had a chance to get a first-hand glimpse of the newly-restructured Seattle Seahawks.

Running back Shaun Alexander made his pro debut, rushing 10 times for 57 yards and scoring on two 11-yard touchdown runs. George Koonce, signed as a free agent prior to the 2000 season, was brought in to add depth to the middle linebacker position. Two weeks before the first preseason game however, DeShone Myles tore a ligament in his left knee, which made Koonce the starter.

Fans also had the chance to see rookie linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, who went on to become one of the team's leading special teams performers and linebacker Marcus Bell, who led the team with nine tackles against Indy, which included eight solo stops. And rookie receivers Darrell Jackson and James Williams impressed with crisp route running to combine for six receptions and 92 yards.

This year's preseason opener, played in Indianapolis tomorrow will offer a little bit of the same – an opportunity to see how much the Seahawks have changed and progressed since last season. Now is the chance to watch "Mr. August" quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in action. And to look at a revamped defense that was soft in the middle last year. So soft in fact, that safety Marcus Robertson, linebacker Levon Kirkland, and linemen Chad Eaton and John Randle were signed to fill the void.

Rookies like fullback Heath Evans, receiver Koren Robinson, guard Keith Hutchinson and cornerback Ken Lucas, headline the Seahawks' class of 2001. Evans could receive significant playing time this season, as could Lucas, who is battling second-year man Ike Charlton for the corner job opposite Shawn Springs. Robinson and Hutchinson are penciled in as starters and should make an immediate impact. Robinson has been hampered with a nagging hamstring since injuring himself in a pre-draft workout and could see limited action until completely healed.

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