Culver comes up bigShannon Culver was going to play...


June 07, 1994|By Ken Murray

Culver comes up big

Shannon Culver was going to play basketball at Long Beach State when fate and his high school football coach intervened four years ago. Now Culver is making a determined bid to join the CFL Colts as a wide receiver.

"It's amazing," Culver said of his last-minute career switch. He could have been talking about his early success in camp as well.

When Bill Norton left Palmdale High in Los Angeles to coach at Pierce Community College in 1990, he took Culver -- his high school quarterback -- with him. Two years later, Culver was Big Eight offensive newcomer of the year at Oklahoma State (41 catches, 629 yards, four TDs).

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver had a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers, but no offer.

"It's a great opportunity," Culver said of the Colts. "I've never been in a pass offense before. I think I fit in well."

Hot and heavy

Several tempers boiled over during the morning workout in pads. Among the skirmishes was one between a pair of !c ex-Redskins, linebacker Alvin Walton and running back Tim Smith. Rush end Erik Ringeon and running back Jamal Farmer also had to be pulled apart.

Comings and goings

Slotback Jerry Ursin of Tulane, an early-camp phenom, was cut yesterday, leaving 67 players in camp. Fullback Sean Doctor, out with a shoulder separation, returned to practice.

Passing time

Quarterback Tracy Ham was 5-for-8 in the no-huddle offense yesterday morning in pads. John Congemi went 5-for-8 with a touchdown pass to Clayton Driver, and Mike Pawlawski, participating for the first time, was 3-for-6.


Alvin Walton

Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 220

College: Kansas

Year: First in CFL

Outlook: A six-year veteran strong safety with the Redskins, Walton is adapting well to his new position. He's still a hard hitter and he still wants to play.

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