Eager for fresh hitAfter weeks of lining up against the...


June 23, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Eager for fresh hit

After weeks of lining up against the same faces in training camp, the CFL Colts are looking forward to tomorrow night's exhibition opener in Shreveport, La.

Coach Don Matthews and his staff do a good job of breaking up the monotony of two-a-days, but there's no substitute for a change of scenery -- and opposition.

"They've been hitting each other for three or four weeks and it really gets old," Matthews said. "Right now, what you try to do is just keep them focused and get them ready to hit the opponent. And they're very hungry to do it."

Said cornerback Kwame Smith: "These guys know our defenses and we know their offenses. We know the routes they're running. It'll be a challenge [tomorrow] because we'll be going up against different routes. We're doing the best we can to get prepared for this game."

Linebacker Earnest Fields said the biggest hindrance now is "trying to be as physical as you can, and there's only so much you can do with your teammates."

Camp grade: Incomplete

So far, so good.

That's the general assessment Matthews gives when asked how camp has unfolded.

"Right now, we're into the fine-tuning of our offense and defense and in game preparation," he said. "We anticipate that everything's on the right track. We'll know [tomorrow] night."

Keeping legs fresh

Matthews didn't conduct afternoon practices yesterday or today. Instead, the players were limited to a two-hour morning workout.

"We've worked them very hard up to this point and we would never, ever do two-a-days right up to a game," he said. "We're doing normal game preparation."

Big on other 'football'

Nigerian kicker Donald Igwebuike put his interest in the World Cup on display yesterday. Written on a strip of tape across the front of his helmet was a score from one of Tuesday's games: Nig 3, Bulg 0.

L Igwebuike initially went to Clemson on a soccer scholarship.

He was especially busy yesterday, as Matthews dedicated a large portion of the practice to the Colts' kicking game.

Ham, Congemi sharp

Tracy Ham threw well during the no-huddle drill, completing four of six passes. One pass was dropped. Another was intercepted by Karl Anthony.

Ham's backup, John Congemi, was even better, completing his first five passes and finishing 7-for-9 with touchdowns to Marcus Grant and Chris Armstrong.

Coaches praised

The coaching staff continues to draw raves from the players for the manner in which they've run camp. "The coaches have done a lot to really increase my knowledge," said defensive tackle Tom Fuhler, in his first CFL camp.


Karl Anthony

Pos: CB

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 175


SW Mo. St.

Year: 5th

Outlook: Came into camp in great shape. Reacts to the ball extremely well. Very quick and a good bump-and-run man. Made All-CFL team last year with Calgary.

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