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XFL Birmingham Bolts Press Release 7
Press Release 7
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News and Notes from camp
January 3, 2001

The Birmingham Thunderbolts finally got down to the business of practicing football with a pair of workouts at the Citrus Bowl complex Wednesday, and head coach Gerry DiNardo said his team could use all the work time it can get.

"We can definitely use the rest of our practices," DiNardo said after the morning session. "Our effort was fine, but we are having some growing pains because this is brand new to a lot of people."

DiNardo felt better about the night practice, noting "that was the kind of work we need to get better. We need to follow that up with a good one tomorrow (Thursday)."

The Bolts worked in full pads for just over two hours Wednesday morning and then for just under two hours Wednesday night in shoulder pads and sweats. Only one practice is scheduled for Thursday.

Three Short
The Thunderbolts practiced with 67 players Thursday, three short of the league-allowed maximum. Tight end Scott Thompson, defensive safety Calvin Jackson and quarterback Jon Nielsen did not work out Wednesday.

Thompson encountered travel problems coming from Fresno, Calif., but was expected to arrive in Orlando Wednesday evening. Jackson was taking care of family business and is expected to arrive by Thursday.

Nielsen Released
Quarterback Jon Nielsen was the first casualty of Birminghams training camp. Nielsen was waived Wednesday after the signal caller failed to report to camp. The Thunderbolts did not claim a quarterback and will go into Thursday drills with just three at the position: Casey Weldon, Graham Leigh and Mark Washington.

DiNardo has named secondary coach Curley Hallman and defensive line coach Don Wnek co-defensive coordinators in the wake of Don Lindseys dismissal. DiNardo hired Paul Arslanian to coach Bolts linebackers. Arslanian, who coached at San Jose State last season, is the brother of Birmingham offensive coordinator Dave Arslanian.

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