He's flying nowThe star-crossed football career of O'Neill...


June 03, 1994|By Ken Murray

He's flying now

The star-crossed football career of O'Neill Glenn of Maryland seems finally to have taken a turn for the better.

A last-minute addition to the CFL Colts, Glenn enjoyed an impressive first week of training camp at Towson State. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound guard was brought in only after three offensive linemen failed to report.

Glenn's career is a study in overcoming adversity. He broke his femur at Maryland, then was drafted by the New England Patriots despite playing only one season for the Terps. He injured his right ankle before camp, and was cut by the Patriots. After playing in the World League with Barcelona, he needed eight months of rehab after ankle surgery. Until the Colts called a week ago, he couldn't get a tryout in the CFL.


Slot back Marcus Badgett and outside linebacker Andre Vaughn of Maryland were released yesterday in the first roster cuts by the team. "Both players were at positions where we're deep," said Jim Popp, director of player personnel. "Marcus wasn't getting open as much as some were." Vaughn was signed as a free safety, but moved to linebacker shortly before camp.

Also cut was wide receiver Tony Harris of North Carolina Central. And defensive tackle Rick Dolly elected to leave camp with a foot injury.


A day after they said they wouldn't bring in outside linebacker Eric Hickerson, the Colts decided to add him to the team. Hickerson missed the first week of camp because of personal problems. He spent 1992 on the Saskatchewan Roughriders' practice roster under Don Matthews.

On target

It was a very good day for place-kicker Ian Howfield (7-for-7) and Donald Igwebuike (5-for-6) wasn't far behind. Matthews does much of the teaching himself to the special teams.

Getting one back

Quarterback Shawn Jones returned to passing drills yesterday, taking some strain off vets Tracy Ham and John Congemi.


Shahriar Pourdanesh

Pos: OT

Ht: 6-6

Wt: 290

College: Nevada- Reno

Year: Rookie

Outlook: Big, mobile and tough. Rarely beaten in one-on-one blocking drills. Could play guard or tackle. One of Colts' best line prospects.

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