Wilson's destinyOne way or another, Walter Wilson was...


June 29, 1994|By Ken Murray

Wilson's destiny

One way or another, Walter Wilson was going to be at Memorial Stadium tonight. He started the month as a receiver with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but goes into tonight's preseason game hunting for a starting job with Baltimore's Canadian Football League team.

"I've never played in Memorial Stadium," said the product of Southern High and East Carolina. "But I went to plenty of Colts games. When I step on the field, I'll think about the past first, then say I want to be part of something new."

Mostly, Wilson, 27, wanted to be in Baltimore, where he has two small children. "I was never too keen about going to Canada," he said. "I wanted to be with any team in America. My family is here, my friends are here."

Wilson spent a week with the Blue Bombers, then was cut. With only a few practices under his belt, he had three catches for 50 yards and one touchdown in last week's 33-18 victory over Shreveport. "I couldn't afford a bad day," he said. "I've done everything they've asked me to do."

Cutdown countdown

CFL teams must be down to 37 players by 3 p.m. Sunday, which means this exhibition game is the last chance to win a job for some players. Among the decisions facing Baltimore coach Don Matthews is the crowd at right rush end, where Malcolm Goodwin, David Webb and Lorenza Baker are fighting for two spots.

Two bubble players at outside linebacker are Jesse Becton and William King. Of those five players, Matthews said he can keep three. Doing something extra is what likely will sway the case. King, for instance, will attempt to prove he's versatile enough to play rush end tonight. Becton will try to win a job with his special teams play.

In the secondary, Matthews is undecided whether to keep a halfback or cornerback as his sixth defensive back. On offense, Wilson and Shannon Culver are vying for a starting job at wide receiver opposite Joe Washington. At slotback, Shawn Beals and Chris Armstrong are competing for a starting job opposite B.K. Williams.

Another area to watch is the interior offensive line, where center Nick Subis will compete with Jerry Sharp for a job.

Final word

Quarterback Tracy Ham, meanwhile, thinks the home crowd might be a little cranky for tonight's game because of the name flap. "I think they'll be upset," he said. "The Colts didn't make the city, the city made the Colts. Those fans came out to support the team back then."


Joe Washington

Pos: WR

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 202

College: Tuskegee

Year: Rookie

Outlook: A big, physical receiver, Washington got better as he went through camp. Quick, but not a burner. Nicknamed "Chuck-A-Boom."

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