CFLs ready to face 2 Vegas QBs

August 05, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When the week began, Baltimore CFLs coach Don Matthews said he probably would take five receivers to Las Vegas for tomorrow night's game against the expansion Posse. But with Robert Clark no longer destined for the practice roster, that number has increased to six.

It appeared that Clark would be dropped from the active roster when linebacker Ricky Andrews was added, but Matthews said yesterday that rush end William King had gone home to Charleston, W. Va., because of a "family emergency" and would not accompany the team to Las Vegas. Clark will take his place on the roster.

That was the biggest news to come out of yesterday's practice at Kirk Field.

Running back Mike Pringle had his left knee wrapped in ice again because of swelling, but "that happens every week," Matthews said.

Quarterback Tracy Ham said his left foot, which he sprained in Winnipeg last week, is "feeling fine."

Critiquing Baltimore's offense after four regular-season games, Ham said "there certainly is room for improvement," even though the team has been able to move the ball.

Ham's numbers are impressive, though he has been overshadowed in two losses by Calgary's Doug Flutie and Winnipeg's Matt Dunigan. He is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns with just one interception.

Ham also is the team's second-leading rusher, with 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Baltimore's defense will see two distinctly different Las Vegas quarterbacks tomorrow night. Len Williams, a rookie out of Northwestern, will start for Anthony Calvillo, who was injured last week in Toronto. Darian Hagan (Colorado) also is expected to play.

Williams is the better passer; Hagan is more mobile and runs the Posse's wishbone.

Either way, "we're prepared for it," Matthews said.

After relieving Calvillo last week, Williams completed 15 of 24 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hagan attempted just one pass, which was incomplete, and rushed once for 5 yards.

About all the CFLs know of Williams is what they've seen on film, but Matthews said, "I'd much rather prepare for a rookie than a Dunigan or Flutie."

Said middle linebacker Earnest Fields: "Both of them are young quarterbacks. We're hoping we can put a lot of pressure on them and get to them early to make them make some mistakes."

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