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WESTFIELD Jacoby Brissett Jersey , Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke defended himself Saturday against sexual assault accusations from 2015, calling the allegations “untrue.”His name was publicly connected to the case for the first time last month, but Okereke made no public statements until after the Colts completed their first training camp practice in full pads Saturday.“Those were untrue allegations, I willingly complied with the school investigation and was found not responsible,” he said. “I informed the team about it during the pre-draft process and right now I’m just focused on making this team, helping this team out any way I can, and I’m moving forward.”Okereke was not punished by Stanford after a university board failed to reach the required 4-1 or 5-0 vote to hold him accountable. Criminal charges were not filed, either.The New York Times initially reported in December 2016 Reggie Wayne Color Rush Jersey , without naming the parties involved, the board twice voted 3-2 in favor of the accuser before turning down a third request for a hearing. In June, The Fountain Hopper, an independent student-run website at Stanford, published details of the allegations and named Okereke as the accused football player.It didn’t come as a surprise to the Colts.Just hours after Okereke’s name surfaced publicly, general manager Chris Ballard told local reporters on a conference call that Okereke notified the team about the allegations during a January interview at the Senior Bowl. Ballard said team officials then took an exhaustive look into Okereke’s background, contacting school officials and reaching out to others close to Okereke. Ballard said he also told team owner Jim Irsay of the accusations before taking Okereke in the third round of April’s draft, No. 89 overall.But Ballard acknowledged nobody spoke to the accuser or her attorney and that it was a “very sensitive subject.”“When we looked at it and talked to him , it was an incident from four years ago. He was never charged with a crime, he was never disciplined by the university,” Ballard said. “He was a team captain, up for the Lott IMPACT award, he graduated with a degree in management and engineering and he’s working on a master’s. From everything we gathered, we felt it was appropriate to take him.”On the field, Okereke was a key player for the Cardinal. He made 240 career tackles, had 10 ½ sacks Marlon Mack Jersey , forced three fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown in 51 career games.He was a 2018 quarterfinalist for the Lott award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player based on athletic performance and character. He’s also an Eagle Scout and organized school tours at Stanford for underprivileged children during a summer internship with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.Where he fits in with the Colts remains unclear.He spent most of the first three practices backing up Anthony Walker at middle linebacker and believes he will also be used on special teams.“I’ll play wherever they put me,” he said. The Indianapolis Colts have exceeded expectations in the first half. If you had told me coming into the game that Jacoby Brissett would throw an interception deep in Chiefs territory in the first half and the Colts would still enter half time with a lead, I wouldn’t have believed you.Frank Reich has called an excellent game to this point, showing balance between pass and run. While Brissett made a big mistake on the first half interception, it is somewhat encouraging to see him try to make an aggressive play downfield. The only way he will be the long-term solution in Indianapolis at quarterback is if he becomes comfortable being more aggressive. Granted, aggressive good is better than aggressive bad.The Colts defense has been absolutely tremendous to this point in the game. The zone coverage has held, has made it difficult to generate big plays consistently Quenton Nelson Color Rush Jersey , and the pass rush has been more aggressive than we’ve seen it all season. It is stunning to be reeling from so many injuries and see the defense step up against the most dangerous offense in the NFL.It is worth noting that Adam Vinatieri has looked very strong in all of his kicks tonight. This looks like the Vinatieri of old and nothing like the mess we’ve seen since the playoff game early in the year.A shout out to George Odum for forcing a turnover on a nice forced fumble on what was otherwise a big play for LeSean McCoy.I want to make this complaint now because I don’t want the outcome of the game to somehow call into question the reason for my observation. NFL officiating is often horrible. It is beyond absurd to call T.Y. Hilton for a block in the back three yards into the end zone, away from the play, and yet ignore two blatant blocks in the back used to slow down Colts pass rushers while Mahomes was trying to escape and make a play. One of those plays is the long touchdown pass to Ruffles.Also, there have been blatant offensive holds not called and tons of ridiculously inconsistent calls made in the secondary or against receivers. In short, the officials are like flipping a coin. Never know what they’ll do nor the impact they will have on a game.