Drummond familiar with fill-in role

November 28, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko and Ken Murray | Roch Eric Kubatko and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Just a couple of months ago, Robert Drummond was out of a job. Yesterday, he reinforced his image as the Baltimore CFLs' super sub, filling in at fullback for ailing Peter Tuipulotu in the CFLs' 26-23 loss to the B.C. Lions.

One minute, you're being cut. The next, you're in the Grey Cup.

Drummond was signed by Baltimore as a free agent on Sept. 4 and appeared in seven regular-season games, catching nine passes for 149 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown against B.C. on Oct. 22.

Yesterday wasn't the first time he has bailed out the CFLs. In the Eastern Division semifinal Nov. 12 against the Toronto Argonauts at Memorial Stadium, Drummond stepped in for injured tailback Mike Pringle and rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

He was back at his more familiar, receiving-oriented position yesterday, though it was his first start there. He had two catches for 38 yards and carried once for 12 yards.

"I'm pretty much a versatile back," he said. "I can switch between runner and receiver and blocker. It's not a drastic change for me. Nothing new at all."

He just wishes the opportunity didn't come at the expense of Tuipulotu, who sprained his knee last week in Winnipeg. Tuipulotu was second on the team in receptions with 53 during the regular season and was voted the All-Eastern Division fullback.

"The playoffs seem to be falling in my corner," Drummond said. "I get a start against Toronto and have a good game, and now this. Unfortunately, Peter got hurt, but it's just a matter of picking up where he left off."

Drummond tries to avoid looking back on his failures in the NFL, where he was released by three teams in the past three years after being drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Eagles and playing in all 16 games in 1989.

"I really don't worry about things in the past or the future," he said. "All I can worry about is the present."

End of the line for 3 Lions

At least three Lions were playing their last game yesterday. Cornerback Less Browne, offensive tackle Rob Smith and safety Sean Foudy each announced his retirement this season.

Browne leaves as the CFL's all-time leader in interceptions with 87, 21 more than runner-up Larry Highbaugh. He had 11 this year.

Smith was voted the league's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1992 while with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

Foudy has been limited to 13 regular-season games in the past two years because of injuries. Among his ailments were seven shoulder dislocations.

Terrapin ties

Jan Carinci, a member of B.C.'s radio broadcast crew, is a former Maryland Terrapin who was a three-year starter under Jerry Claiborne.

Carinci played wingback at Maryland from 1977 to 1980. A native of Toronto, he went to the Argonauts in the CFL after his college career.

He was traded in 1986 to the B.C. Lions, then coached by Matthews, and retired after the 1990 season.

Tickets, anyone?

Tickets that normally sold for $100 were going at half-price yesterday morning.

Redskins connection

The CFLs' Alvin Walton and B.C.'s Barry Wilburn were teammates when the Washinton Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1988. Yesterday, Walton outdid his friend, intercepting a pass and lateraling to Karl Anthony for a touchdown. Wilburn was called for pass interference in the end zone to keep alive a Baltimore scoring drive.

Et cetera

John Congemi and Jearld Baylis served as Baltimore's captains for the coin toss, which B.C. won. . . Charles Anthony was injured on the opening kickoff and had to be helped off the field, but he soon returned. Stan Petry temporarily took his place at halfback. . . Neither team had a sack in the first half, but B.C.'s Henry Newby, Doug Petersen, Angelo Snipes and Andrew Stewart had one each in the second. So did Baltimore's O. J. Brigance. . . Much-maligned B.C. running back Cory Philpot ran for 109 yards, and backfield mate Sean Millington had 85.

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