CFL Colts sign fullbacks from Citadel, USC

March 15, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore's CFL Colts announced the signing of two fullbacks with colorful nicknames yesterday -- Everette "Sandman" Sands of The Citadel and Tim "Mad Dog" Lavin of Southern Cal.

Sands, 5 feet 10 and 217 pounds, was a two-time All-American in Division I-AA, where he got his nickname for purportedly knocking out a number of would-be tacklers.

Lavin, 6-1 and 235, was a walk-on who eventually started at USC. His primary role with the Colts will be as long snapper and special team member.

The Canadian Football League expansion team also announced the signing of wide receiver Shawn Narcisse of Prairie View A&M, the brother of Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Donald Narcisse, who set a CFL record last year with more than 1,000 yards in catches for the fifth season in a row.

In other developments:

* The team will hold an open tryout camp Sunday at Johns Hopkins from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Colts owner Jim Speros said the team hopes to find five or six players in a workout that may attract as many as 400 aspirants. That number immediately will be trimmed after a 40-yard -- and a shuttle drill.

* As part of a ticket drive that will start with ColtFest later this month, the team will launch the "Indy Challenge." That's "Indy" as in Indianapolis Colts. Proposed by advertising consultant Bob Leffler, the goal will be to surpass the NFL Colts' season-ticket sales.

* Speros estimated that the team has gotten 20,000 deposits from its Gold List campaign, which ended this week. Ticket deposits still are being time-stamped for priority. The team's box office at Memorial Stadium is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may be purchased by phone from TicketMaster (410) 481-SEAT or by calling the team at (410) 554-1010.

* Speros said that approximately 380 of 3,000 available club seats have been sold. Club seats, on the mezzanine level, cost $1,280 ($1,000 for a one-year lease and $280 for the ticket).

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