Making a statementEvery year, Shawn Beals arrives at...


June 12, 1994|By Ken Murray

Making a statement

Every year, Shawn Beals arrives at training camp with a signature statement. It's his hair. Two years ago, he turned up in Calgary with a three-tiered hairdo. This year in Baltimore, he's got an unusual arrangement of dreadlocks.

"It's always something different," he said yesterday. "It doesn't mean anything. It's just me."

Beals, out of the CFL 1 1/2 years since he was cut by the Stampeders in 1992, is making a statement as a slot receiver with the CFL Colts, too. He's had a good camp at a position that is highly competitive. B.K. Williams, Jimmy Guarantano and Joe Howard-Johnson are all playing slot.

Beals, 27, was cut in Calgary not for his performance, but because he refused to re-sign with the Stampeders in his option year. At the time he was cut, he had a 22-game consecutive reception streak. Last year, he tried out with the Sacramento Gold Miners, but had a hamstring pull and was an early cut.

To help his chances, Beals has volunteered to return kicks.

Crunch time

Veteran linebacker Ken Benson, a new arrival in camp, dropped Sheldon Canley and Jamal Farmer on the first two plays of the team's inside running drill. At that point, offensive coordinator Steve Buratto shouted to defensive line coach Marty Long, "Coach, explain to your linebacker what the tempo is, please."

The Colts have contact drills, but aren't supposed to tackle. The next play, Benson let the back through.

And the winner is . . .

Red-headed Meagan Flannery, 10, of Columbia stole the show during national anthem tryouts at Memorial Stadium.

Captain Jack Taylor of WGRX won the public address tryout. And the Colts sold about 1,000 tickets for the June 29 exhibition game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, along with 175 season tickets.

All-Star lineup

In attendance at the morning workout were Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore and Super Bowl XXII Most Valuable Player Doug Williams.


Shawn Beals

Pos: Slot

Ht: 5-10

Wt: 185

College: Idaho State

Year: 4th

Outlook: A former kick returner (18.4 in 1988) for the Philadelphia Eagles, Beals enjoyed a 64-catch season with the Calgary Stampeders in 1991. He's in the running for a starting job.

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