Picking up the paceColts rookies will get a better sense...


June 04, 1994|By Ken Murray

Picking up the pace

Colts rookies will get a better sense of the CFL's fast-paced action when the team holds a scripted intrasquad scrimmage today at 5 p.m. on a Towson State practice field. That's the goal of coach Don Matthews, anyway.

"We want to teach players the pace of the game," he said. "Pace and tempo."

The practice will be full speed with no tackling, a concession to the high number of injuries. Despite that, Matthews says, the Colts are ahead of schedule at this point in camp.

Officials will attend the quasi-scrimmage and the 20-second clock between plays will be in effect, but penalties will not be marked off.

Matthews gave the players a break by calling off yesterday afternoon's workout after 95 minutes, and he canceled this morning's practice. This afternoon's session starts at 4.

Morgan guard 1 of 9 cut

Morgan State guard Craig Still, playing at one of the Colts' deepest positions, was one of nine players released yesterday.

Also cut were running backs Kelly Yancy of Morningside, Victor Pegram of Prairie View A&M and Chuck Weatherspoon of Houston, slotback Scotty Dykes of East Tennessee State, wide receiver Robert Henry of Florida State, center Jarrod Johnson of Lehigh, offensive tackle Donte Campbell of Morehouse and defensive halfback Casey Greer of Miami.

Cornerback Mark Campbell of Eastern New Mexico became the 10th player to leave camp on his own. That reduced the number of players in camp to 69. Veterans report Thursday.

Fighting back

Hampered much of the first week by a strained hamstring, Tim Smith is making his move. The former Washington Redskins running back blocked a Kirk Maggio punt during a special teams drill in the morning workout. "He's fighting to get back in it," Matthews said. "He's working."

Wing and a prayer

Quarterback Tracy Ham and backup John Congemi were taking all the reps in passing drills again yesterday after Shawn Jones experienced more soreness under his throwing arm. Ham and Congemi say they're suffering from normal camp soreness. Mike Pawlawski (oblique muscle pull) and Bobby Goodman (hamstring) are still out.

Marathon man

When he isn't coaching, Colts defensive coordinator Bob Price usually can be found training for an ultra-marathon. The 39-year-old New York City native has run in four, ranging from 31 miles to 50 (twice). He did a 50-miler after the CFL season last December in 12 hours.

"It's perfect for my nature, which is enduring," said the 6-foot-1, 217-pound coach, who plans to run another ultra-marathon next December.


John Congemi

Pos: QB

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 190

College: Pitt

Year: 7th

Outlook: Signed as a backup for Tracy Ham, Congemi appears '' to be a lock for the No. 2 job. He has shown an accurate arm in

camp, has a history of playing well off the bench, and played for coach Don Matthews in Toronto in 1990.

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