Getting the boot?
Don Matthews gave his punters two weeks to find their groove. Now he's giving them some competition.
The CFL Colts coach said yesterday he's bringing in Josh Miller, who averaged 43 yards a punt at Arizona two years ago, to battle Kirk Maggio, Robert Sims and Jackie Smith for the job. What's more, Miller may end up competing for the place-kicking job as well.
"He will try to do both, but he's in here as a punter," Matthews said. "The consistency we were hoping for is not there [with the punters], so we're adding someone to the mix."
The Colts want their punter to average 40 yards and 4 seconds hang time. Out of seven punts yesterday morning, Smith (40, 4.4) was the only one to reach those figures and it took him three kicks. Miller is 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds.
Meanwhile . . .
Just when it looked as if Ian Howfield might nail down the place-kicking job, he missed three straight field-goal tries from 48 yards, and his competition, Donald Igwebuike, went 3-for-3. Against a live rush, Howfield is 13-for-21 in camp and Igwebuike is 11-for-21.
Matthews devoted the afternoon workout to special teams after quarterback Tracy Ham required ice for a sore right biceps after the morning practice.
"It's a natural training-camp routine," Ham said. "It's sore. I knew it'd catch up with me. I'll be throwing again [today]."
Ham and backup John Congemi are nursing sore arms because the three rookies in camp have been limited by injuries. Matthews also canceled this morning's practice.
Free-agent defensive halfback Charles Anthony is expected to arrive in camp with a signed contract today. Anthony, who played for Matthews in Saskatchewan, would be the fourth CFL veteran defensive back to join the Colts.
Middle linebacker Malcolm Goodwin delivered the hit of the day when he knocked running back Tim Smith flat on his back on an inside run in the "thud" period. It was, of course, a no-tackle drill.
A collision between guard Ray Porter and rush end Cornell Collier left them both with bruised shoulders.
The lookout block
Defensive tackle Tom Fuhler was unstoppable in 2-on-2 blocking drills. He beat his man six times in six tries.
Because of an overload of calls to team offices, Colts owner Jim Speros is asking fans wanting either tickets to the June 29 home exhibition game, or season tickets, to call TicketMaster at (401) 481-SEAT. He's also offering a team poster for every ticket for the June 29 game purchased at the ticket window at Memorial Stadium, and a shirt for the purchase of two season tickets.
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Outlook: A gifted receiver, Tuipuluto caught 41 passes in 1991 at BYU. He's an excellent special-teams player and a virtual lock for the starting fullback job.