Pro Football Spot's "Countdown to Kickoff" series continues with No. 72 Jonotthan Harrison, an undrafted free agent out of Florida who looks to make the Colts' roster as a center.
Team chemistry is crucial for success in any sport, especially in football. Just ask Jonotthan Harrison, an undrafted free agent rookie out of the University of Florida who signed with the Colts on May 12.
In four seasons with the Gators, Harrison made 39 starts in 51 games, including all 12 as a senior in 2013. As a team captain last season, he attributed the Gators’ 4-8 record (the first time the program had had a losing record since 1979) to a lack of chemistry, stating Florida was “crumbling as a team”.
After starting the season 4-1, the season quickly spiraled out of control for the Gators. They lost their last seven games by an average of 13 points.
"We had a lot of individuals on the team," Harrison said to Yahoo.com. "Having individuals on your team kind of kills your team. We had people who thought they were entitled because of the school that they went to.... There was always someone to blame. No one wanted to take it on themselves."
Less than 12 months later, Harrison is now in another uniform, donning No. 72 for an organization that is known for sticking together rather than self-destructing after overcoming more than its share of adversity the last two seasons.
It should be a nice fit for Harrison, who will look to make the team as a center. With last year’s center Samson Satele having been released, there will be plenty of opportunity—but also stiff competition.
The Colts’ recent second-round pick, Jack Mewhort, will also have his opportunity at center, even though his previous experience is at both guard and tackle positions. Khaled Holmes, a fourth-round pick of 2013, played very sparingly last season but hopes to see more time in 2014.
Having weighed the competition he’s up against, Harrison appears to be a long shot to make the team. But a lot can happen in training camp, and considering how much fluctuation the offensive line has had the last few seasons, he could become a pleasant surprise for the Colts.