'A rough one, a long year' Larry Webster: Former Maryland standout weathers change of teams, suspension and Browns' pending move.

December 23, 1995|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Defensive tackle Larry Webster was released by the Miami Dolphins in April. Nearly 30 days later, he signed with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns didn't use him much during his first game back,

but he has played extensively since. Webster is extremely strong against the rush, and his primary job as a pass rusher is to collapse the pocket and not allow the quarterback to step up.

"He's a good kid who works hard," said Browns coach Bill Belichick. "He just ran into a little trouble in Miami. I think he will do well with a full season under his belt."

Next year the Browns probably will be in Baltimore, where Webster can perform before a hometown crowd. Memorial Stadium is also where Webster played against Clemson and Penn State while attending Maryland.

"I never thought I would play in Memorial Stadium as a pro," said Webster. "It's going to bring back a lot of memories. I have sympathy for the people in Cleveland, but this is a business, and to play there is my job. At this point, I appreciate just having a job and productive season."

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