Dancing in the darkWith no scouting report or game tape to...


June 24, 1994|By Ken Murray

Dancing in the dark

With no scouting report or game tape to rely on, the CFL Colts will have to adjust on the run in tonight's exhibition opener against the Shreveport Pirates.

"I haven't been in this circumstance since I was in high school, where I had no idea of who we were going to play," said Steve Buratto, the Colts' offensive coordinator.

Although coach Don Matthews said yesterday that he hadn't decided how to split playing time, he said quarterback Tracy Ham would start and likely play the first half. Backup John Congemi will play, and Mike Pawlawski will travel with the team.

Staying behind because of injuries are receivers B. K. Williams, Shannon Culver and Reggie Perry, guard O'Neil Glenn and rush end Cornell Collier.

Rush end Lorenza Baker (hamstring) and defensive back Ken Watson (groin) will travel, but probably won't play.

In control

When Hall of Fame tackle Forrest Gregg took over as coach of the Pirates a week ago, he assumed total control of the football operation, something his predecessor, John Huard, didn't have.

Gregg turned down the job last February to stay at SMU, where he was athletic director. But after a number of problems in training camp, the Pirates fired Huard and hired Gregg last week.

Gregg made subtle personnel moves, including going from a two-tight-end offense to one. He also got the team out of barracks environment at camp and into Centenary College.

He'll start Terrence Jones, a six-year veteran backup in the CFL, at quarterback tonight.

Close to home

By Diego London's count, 17 of 19 players off the 1992 Miami team played pro football last year. Having been cut by the New Orleans Saints, he was one of the two who didn't.

The 24-year-old guard from Upper Marlboro is trying to ensure it doesn't happen again this year. London will be in the starting offensive line tonight at left guard with Shar Pourdanesh, Jerry Sharp, Keith Ballard and Neal Fort.

After getting cut last year, London found out about the Colts from his old high school coach at Riverdale Baptist, Ted Knapp. "I'm happy to be close to home, and I'm happy to be playing again," London said.


Diego London

Pos: G

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 310

College: Miami

Year: Rookie

Outlook: London played tackle and guard in a big-time passing offense at Miami. A good pass-blocker, he has impressed the

Colts' coaches with his work ethic.

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