Kirlew, Fisher Taken in Seventh Round of NFL Draft
April 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana defensive end Jammie Kirlew and cornerback Ray Fisher were selected in the seventh and final round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos took Kirlew and the Indianapolis Colts picked Fisher on Saturday afternoon in New York City.
Kirlew is the first Hoosier ever selected by Denver and Fisher is the first taken by the Colts since kicker Frank Stavroff in 1976, when the franchise was still located in Baltimore. Along with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, who was taken in round two (33rd pick) by the St. Louis Rams on Friday evening, Indiana had three players drafted for the first time since 1991.
"Congratulations to Jammie and Ray," Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch said. "It is a tremendous accomplishment for both of these young men. Jammie is one of the hardest-working players I have ever been around. Ray was a talented guy who played two positions at a very high level for us. We could not be happier to have three players taken in this year's draft."
Kirlew and Fisher became the fourth and fifth Hoosiers selected in the NFL Draft in Lynch's three years as head coach. Saffold was IU's third second-round selection in three years, as cornerback Tracy Porter (New Orleans) and wide receiver James Hardy (Buffalo) went 40th and 41st, respectively, in 2008.
Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. Kirlew finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5.
Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. Kirlew was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).
Fisher played his first three years at wide receiver before moving to cornerback his senior season. He started 19 games at wideout and caught 118 balls (finished career eighth in IU history) for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns. Fisher finished his career as one of 14 Hoosiers with 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards. The Cleveland native returned 18 kicks for 650 yards with two touchdowns, good for a 36.1 average, and collected 165 punt return yards on 17 returns (9.7 average).
In 2009, he returned 17 kickoffs for 635 yards, good for a 37.4 average, with two touchdowns. Fisher became the second kick returner in IU history (Marcus Thigpen, three in 2006) to race back two kickoffs in one season. His kick return average led the nation, set a Big Ten single-season average and broke Thigpen's school mark for season average of 30.1 (2006). Fisher made 49 tackles, 47 solo, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six career defensive starts.
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