Hanging inOn the 20th day of the CFL Colts' training camp...

COLTS CAMP UPDATE

June 16, 1994|By Ken Murray

Hanging in

On the 20th day of the CFL Colts' training camp, punter Robert Sims finally made his move. He can only hope it's not too late.

Sims got off punts of 47, 48, 67 and 33 yards against a live rush yesterday. With hang time of 4.85 seconds -- best of the day -- even the 33-yarder had its saving grace.

Josh Miller, the other punter in camp, had punts of 41, 52, 57 and 44 yards.

"Things just came together," said Sims, who joked earlier in the day about changing his style ("I'm going to kick the laces," he said).

A product of Penn, Sims is in his first pro training camp. "In college, I had 10 days of camp and a 10-week season," he said.

And despite that 67-yarder yesterday, Sims said his best kick in camp was 51 yards with 5.1 hang time. "I'll take five-second

hang time over any yardage any time," he said.

Perry injured

The Colts lost rookie wide-out Reggie Perry for three to six weeks with a torn tendon in his left ring finger. Perry, who played quarterback and safety at Southern Cal, was closing in on a roster spot when he hurt the hand in a passing drill. He'll have surgery to repair the damage today.

The Colts invited three receivers for tryouts to replace Perry. Bo Campbell of Virginia Tech worked out yesterday.

Karl strikes again

Veteran cornerback Karl Anthony came up with his fifth and sixth interceptions of camp, both off quarterback Tracy Ham. He caught a tipped pass in the morning no-huddle drill, then got another during the afternoon team period.

I= Safety Lester Smith also intercepted Ham on an overthrow.

Call him peacemaker

When an angry Tom Fuhler, defensive tackle, slapped offensive tackle Neal Fort on the helmet during the morning workout, Fort kept his poise. "It'll be OK, Tom," Fort said as he wrapped an assuring arm around Fuhler.

! Incident defused.

Old chums

CBC commentator Danny Kepley, three times the most outstanding defensive player in the CFL at Edmonton under then-defensive coordinator Don Matthews, visited his old coach.

"This is a very unique situation," Kepley said. "I would expect he will have his team in the forefront of the Eastern Division right off the bat."

Weekend schedule

The Colts adjusted their weekend schedule to accommodate the Special Olympics at Towson State. They practice once tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Towson. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, they have set a full-speed scrimmage at Small's Athletic Field in York, Pa. Sunday, they'll run at Towson at 5 p.m.

MEET THE COLTS

Derek Steele

Pos: NG

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 265

College:

Maryland

Year:

First

Outlook: Steele was cut by the Redskins last year, then played two games with Toronto in the CFL. One of the quickest linemen in camp, he needs more consistency to make his mark.

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