Little big menOne of the first things a spectator at the...


May 30, 1994|By Alan Goldstein

Little big men

One of the first things a spectator at the CFL Colts camp at Towson State notices is the number of small slot backs and running backs among the rookies.

Seven of the players stand 5 feet 9 or less, but their lack of size is not regarded as a handicap.

"Because of the wide-open game and motion offenses, smaller guys have more of a chance to make it in our league," said coach Don Matthews.

"There's more emphasis on speed with a bigger field and three-down offense. I'd say we throw the ball 65 percent of the time, while in the NFL it is probably 60-40 in favor of the run."

Booming business

Baltimore native Kirk Maggio was kicking punts high and deep in practice in competition with Robert Sims of Penn and Jackie Smith of Clark-Atlanta.

Maggio was best known locally as a quarterback and place-kicker at Calvert Hall in the mid-1980s, before he went on to kick for UCLA.

A 12th-round pick of Green Bay in 1990, he averaged 52.3 yards in practice, but was cut. In 1991, he joined the Birmingham Fire in the World Football League and was voted second-team All-League two straight years.

"I'm going to try to sell my versatility as a guy who can kick off, punt and hold for the place-kicker," he said.

Big people

Diego London, a 6-4, 328-pound tackle from the University of Miami, is the heaviest Colt in camp. But fellow tackle Neal Fort of Brigham Young lives up to his name, looking even more imposing at 6-7 and 310.

The lightest player in camp is wide receiver Shannon Culver at 160 pounds.

Barbour cuts self

Running back Anthony Barbour from N.C. State became the fourth Colt to leave camp of his own volition. Cornerbacks Reggie Robinson and Tony Tellington and guard Detrich Lockridge were earlier defectors.

"We're not cutting anyone for a while," said Matthews. "These guys sized up the competition and made the decision for me."

There were two new arrivals: wide receiver B. K. Williams, of Texas Southern, who played for Saskatchewan last year, and defensive back Horace Smith of Oregon Tech.


Rick Dolly

Pos: DT

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 280

College: W. Virginia

Year: 1st in CFL

Outlook: A strong rusher and special teams man, Dolly made All-East second team as a senior with the Mountaineers. He was a two-time state wrestling champion in high school.

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