Chance of a lifetimeVictor Pegram came out of Prairie View...


June 01, 1994|By Ken Murray

Chance of a lifetime

Victor Pegram came out of Prairie View A & M as a decorated running back: first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference, first-team black college All- American.

Getting a shot at the pros was another matter. At 5 feet 6 and 173 pounds, he hardly fit the NFL prototype, even if brother Erric Pegram (5-9, 188) was a capable runner for the Atlanta Falcons.

Pegram's opportunity finally arrived when he was signed by the CFL Colts. Now up to 192 pounds, he's had a strong first week of training camp.

"My chance was coming sooner or later," Pegram, 25, said. Later came after three seasons in a semi-pro Texas league. Pegram played for the Plano Cyclones, rushing for 4,800 yards the first two years. His nickname: The Franchise.

Crunch time

What seemed like a surplus a week ago is down to bare necessities. When Bobby Goodman and Shawn Jones came down with injuries this week, it left the Colts with two healthy quarterbacks -- veterans Tracy Ham and John Congemi.

Jones was the latest casualty with a pulled muscle under his throwing arm. His availability is day to day. Goodman, who tore a hamstring early in camp but played with it, isn't expected to be out long. The other quarterback, Mike Pawlawski, has been nursing a rib injury. To ease the load on the veterans, punter Jackie Smith, a college QB, helped out in passing drills.

Other injuries include FB Sean Doctor (separated shoulder), DT Rick Dolly (broken foot) and NG Randy Hart, who was dinged and needs a special helmet.

Two-a-day doldrums

Because of a growing number of tender hamstrings and the drain of two-a-days, coach Don Matthews had players practice without pads yesterday morning. "As long as we come out of practice having gotten better, we'll try to save them," he said.

Matthews tentatively has scheduled the team's first scrimmage for Saturday at 5 p.m.

State aid

Still waiting for state funds to assist in his renovation of Memorial Stadium, Colts owner Jim Speros will meet with the Appropriations Committee at City Hall this morning.

In the driver's seat

Speros will have a busy Saturday. He's scheduled to attend the Busch Grand Classic NASCAR race in Dover, Del., where a Chevy Lumina driven by Alan Parsons will carry the Colts' insignia. Later, Speros says he will ride an elephant into Timonium Fairgrounds to help open an event there.

Kickers, round 2

Donald Igwebuike hit three of three field-goal attempts in the afternoon workout, and Ian Howfield two of three.


Victor Pegram

Pos: RB

Ht: 5-6

Wt: 192


Prairie View A&M

Year: Rookie

Outlook: Compactly built, Pegram isn't hindered by his size in the CFL. He is a hard, explosive runner who also catches the ball well.

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