With victories, come honors Boulware top NFL rookie

Ravens notebook

AFC selects kicker Stover

October 03, 1997|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Two Ravens were honored by the NFL yesterday -- outside linebacker Peter Boulware was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month and kicker Matt Stover was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month.

Boulware, the team's top draft pick and No. 4 selection overall, had an NFL rookie-high four sacks (19 yards in losses) among 29 tackles, tying him for second on the team after five games. He started each of those games, He also had six quarterback hurries.

In the team's two division wins -- over Cincinnati in Week 2 and over Tennessee two weeks later -- Boulware had eight tackles, three sacks, three quarterback pressures and a blocked pass.

"I think it's pretty cool," Boulware said. He made the transition from defensive end at Florida State. "It's the early part of the season and I hope it's that way at the end of the year.

"I came in here and didn't know how to play linebacker. I had to rely on [linebacker coach] Maxie [Baughan] and [defensive coordinator] Marvin [Lewis]. It's a trib- ute to them. I'm learning something new every game, a different technique. I'd like for the season to end on a positive note, as well."

Stover tied for an NFL-high 53 points in September as the Ravens posted a 3-2 record. He was 11 for 11 on extra points and connected on 14 of 15 field-goal attempts, tops in the AFC.

With his three-for-three performance against Cincinnati on Sept. 7, Stover became the NFL's all-time field-goal accuracy leader. Against the Oilers, he tied a career high with 18 points on five field goals and three point-afters.

"This is great and it's humbling," Stover said. "But it's just September and we've still got October, November and December. We've got 11 more games to go and a lot more kicking to do."

Clashing loyalties

Second-year middle linebacker Ray Lewis, one of the team's first-round picks out of Miami a year ago, has been relatively quiet about the Miami-Florida State game to be played this weekend.

Boulware, on the other hand, has been talking a lot of trash.

"Ray won't say a word," Boulware said. "He don't have confidence in his boys. He's been to Doak Walker Stadium before and he knows the experience. Before his team was 1-3, Ray was talking a lot the year before, but now he has to suck it up. He's no longer talking, but I'm sure if Miami wins, Ray will let me hear about it."

Siragusa stuck

Starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has been receiving acupuncture treatment on his ankle, hoping to play in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He said the procedure was recommended by a number of his teammates.

Siragusa is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

"Actually, I started getting it done about three weeks ago when I hurt my neck," he said. "It doesn't hurt much; just them sticking some long needles in with the electrodes to relax and stimulate the area. You just feel a little pinch.

"I started getting a little concerned when they started putting those herbs and seeds on your ear. I was like, hey, can you put that on spaghetti or something?"

Punter vows to recover

Punter Greg Montgomery had his worst day in a Ravens uniform last Sunday against San Diego. He punted five times for an average of 34.2 yards, including kicks of 25 and 21 yards.

Montgomery said he doesn't expect that to happen again.

"It was just a matter of me trying a little too hard," he said. "I didn't make an adjustment on the one that I pulled up on.

"I feel good. Actually, I feel great and it's just a matter of me putting it together. Instead of drilling the ball down field, I'm working on my hang time. I haven't had many returned and my net is still pretty good.

"It's just a matter of relaxing. I'm looking forward to this week and breaking out of this. I want to put up the numbers I'm capable of putting up."

Not so sweet week

Center Wally Williams will not play against the Steelers. He ruptured his Achilles' tendon in late April and had been expected to return Sunday.

"There's no rush. They just want to give this proper time to heal," he said. "We just want to make sure it's time. I think I could play, but not for an entire game. I don't think it could take the pounding. We have the bye week coming up, so I can gradually build my way back into it."

Williams and top reserve guard Ben Cavil recently received a surprise at practice. Jim Icenroad, a zone sales manager for TastyKakes in Glen Burnie, recently sent Williams and Cavil a case of the pastries and honey buns after he read about their habit of eating them each morning.

Cavil managed to stash some away, but teammates and a "friend" ate all of Williams' supply. "I didn't get one, not one," Williams said.

Pace picks up

Siragusa and reserve safety Kim Herring (knee) were the only players who didn't participate in practice yesterday. Coach Ted Marchibroda said the practice was more spirited yesterday, one day after several veterans said the workout lacked intensity.

Schedule

Date .. ..Opp. .. .. .... ..Time .. .. ..Res./TV

8/31 .. ..Jacksonville .. .. .. .. .. ..L, 28-27

9/7 .. ...Cincinnati .. .. .. .. .. .. .W, 23-10

9/14 .. ..at N.Y. Giants .. .. .. .. ...W, 24-23

9/21 .. ..at Tennessee .. .. .. .. .. ..W, 36-10

9/28 .. ..at San Diego .. .. .. .. .. ..L, 21-17

10/5 .. ..Pittsburgh .. .. ..1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

10/12 .. .Open

10/19 .. .Miami .. .. .. .. .4 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

10/26 .. .at Washington .. ..1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

11/2 .. ..at N.Y. Jets .. ...1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

11/9 .. ..at Pittsburgh .. ..8 .. .. .. .. .ESPN

11/16 .. .Philadelphia .. ...1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 45

11/23 .. .Arizona .. .. .. ..1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 45

11/30 .. .at Jacksonville ...1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

12/7 .. ..Seattle .. .. .. ..1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

12/14 .. .Tennessee .. .. ...1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

12/21 .. .at Cincinnati .. ..1 .. .. .. ..Ch. 11

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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