The flexible KingWhen William King showed up for work at...


June 27, 1994|By Ken Murray

The flexible King

When William King showed up for work at the CFL Colts' training camp yesterday morning, he became a rush end. This was one week after he moved from strong-side linebacker to weak-side linebacker.

It was also three days before the Colts would play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their second and final preseason tuneup.

"It's short notice," King said between practices. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes. Sometimes you have to do things in life you don't like."

The Colts relocated King after losing Ken Benson, who had just been moved to rush end. Benson broke a fibula in Friday's exhibition opener. Coach Don Matthews said he's looking for versatility in King. "We're not unhappy with him," Matthews said.

The 5-foot-10, 211-pound King should not be uncomfortable for long. As an outside linebacker at Marshall, he recorded 12 sacks, 29 tackles for losses, and 178 total tackles last year. For that, he was the Southern Conference Player of the Year.

When linebackers coach Daryl Edralin watched film of King, he knew the player fit in the Colts' scheme: "Their coach sent a highlight film with five players to watch. But it was a William King highlight film because he was making all the plays."

Benson has surgery

Benson underwent surgery yesterday at St. Joseph's Hospital and had a screw inserted in his broken fibula. He's expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks, although the screw will come out after three.

"He'll play before the year is over," Matthews said.

On guard

New arrival Nick Subis of San Diego State, an offensive guard, practiced yesterday afternoon. A second guard, Hesham Ismail of Florida, arrived later after playing

in an Arena Football game for the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday night.

Subis was a sixth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 1991, and Ismail a seventh-rounder by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992.

That's Peter to you

Fullback Peter Tuipulotu informed the club that the nameplate over his locker has the wrong spelling of his last name. The erroneous spelling switched the last "u" and the "o."

Feeling fine

Slotback B. K. Williams worked out with a brace on his left knee for the first time yesterday and said he had no problems.

Still kicking

Place-kicker Ian Howfield, cut by the Colts two weeks ago, has resurfaced in the Arena league with the Fort Worth Cavalry. He kicked six extra points -- and bounced a seventh off an upright -- in a 50-44 victory over the Milwaukee Mustangs on Friday.


Shannon Culver

Pos: WR

Ht: 5-10

Wt: 160

College: Oklahoma State

Year: Rookie

Outlook: Headed for a college basketball career until Prop 48 steered him toward football. Nicknamed "Skinny" for obvious reasons, Culver has deep-threat speed and sure hands. He missed the exhibition opener with an ankle injury.

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