CFL Colts going deep on quarterbacks

March 24, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore CFL Colts will be well-armed for their first training camp this summer. Yesterday, the Canadian Football League expansion team added a fourth quarterback to the offensive mix.

The newest man in is Mike Pawlawski, a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past two seasons and a former California standout who helped beat Clemson in the 1991 Citrus Bowl.

Pawlawski, 6 feet 1 and 205 pounds, joins a growing line behind marquee player Tracy Ham. Also signed for the Colts' inaugural season are veteran CFL backup John Congemi and former Virginia quarterback Bobby Goodman.

Most likely, the team will have two active quarterbacks on its 37-man roster, and a third on the practice squad.

Jim Popp, the Colts' director of player personnel, said Pawlawski is mobile enough to move around in the pocket, but not prone to abandon it. "He's more like the guy we have at Saskatchewan," Popp said, comparing Pawlawski to the Roughriders' Kent Austin, a drop-back quarterback. Ham and Goodman perform best on the move.

"The type quarterback we're looking for is the guy who gets the job done," Popp said.

Pawlawski, who will be 25 in July, threw for 38 touchdowns and 4,779 career yards at Cal. He threw for 230 yards and was Most Valuable Player in a 37-14 Citrus Bowl victory over Clemson in 1991. Pawlawski signed a two-year contract with an option.

The Colts also announced the signings of defensive tackles Randy Hart of Auburn and Robert Presbury of Delaware State, rush-end Ivan Caesar of Boston College and receiver Jimmy Guarantano of Rutgers.

Hart, 6-5, 290 pounds, had 69 tackles and five sacks for unbeaten Auburn last season. He chose to forgo the NFL draft and sign with the Colts. Presbury (6-2, 285), a product of Edgewood High School, had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, and played in the World League in 1991 at Orlando under Colts coach Don Matthews.

Caesar (6-2, 240) spent two years

with the Minnesota Vikings. Guarantano (5-10, 174) was in the San Diego Chargers' camp a year ago.

In other developments:

* Baltimore native Bonnie Downing has been named the Colts' director of community relations. Downing, who worked for the Washington Bullets for 2 1/2 years, will develop community-oriented programs.

* Team owner Jim Speros said he will donate a portion of the funds raised from Sunday's open tryout camp at Johns Hopkins University to the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and to Johns Hopkins University.

* Uniforms will be unveiled Friday at noon at the Light Street Pavilion.

* The team has installed a direct phone line to the ticket office: (410) 554-1040.

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