Planes, Trains and
Head coach Ron Meyer's decision to move the Enforcers December mini-camp
from Chicago to Orlando turned out to be the right one as Chicago
was socked with 12 inches of snow on Monday and below zero temperatures
on Tuesday. However, the bad weather did have an effect on the Enforcers'
practices in Florida. Quarterback Tim Lester, wide receiver Ryan
Yarborough, center Greg Engel and running back Chris Gall did not
arrive in Orlando until Tuesday due to travel problems. Four other
Enforcers, defensive back Ray Austin, linebackers Casey Dailey and
Jamie Baisley and defensive end Steve Conley also encountered travel
challenges and did not arrive until mid-practice on Wednesday.
NBC Makes a Visit
XFL Play-by-Play announcer Matt Vasgersian along with XFL Coordinating
Producer Bill Bonnell and XFL Director John Gonzalez were visitors
to Enforcers camp on Friday. The three visited with head coach Ron
Meyer and Director of Player Personnel Quintin Smith along with
XFL Director of Football Competition and former Enforcers head coach
Dick Butkus, along with his son Matt, were in attendance at Wednesday
afternoon's session of mini-camp. After practice, Butkus talked
with head coach Ron Meyer and renewed acquaintances with several
of his former assistant coaches.
Topps for Avery
XFL Director of Photography Greg Raymond was at mini-camp on Wednesday
to photograph Enforcers' running back John Avery. The shots of Avery
will be used for the XFL Topps Collector Cards which will be available
Newsweek at Camp
Also shooting pictures at the Enforcers camp on Wednesday was a
photographer from Newsweek. Newsweek will be running an XFL story
sometime in January.
The Enforcers released four players on Thursday, offensive linemen
Pierre Brilliant, Anthony Byrd and Ben French along with linebacker