End Camp by Scrimmaging Chicago
Courtesy of the Birmingham Thunderbolts
ORLANDO - (24 January 2001) - Coach Gerry DiNardo
was pleased with the effort, if not totally pleased
by the results as the Birmingham Thunderbolts closed
training camp by scrimmaging the Chicago Enforcers Wednesday
at Showalter Field.
joint session with Chicago was the last practice for
the Bolts before returning to Birmingham for a Monday
workout. DiNardo and his staff will meet with the team
Tuesday morning before officially breaking camp.
was good in that we played hard. I didn't think we did
that last time out," DiNardo said. "Obviously,
you would like to win, but I was happy with the effort."
League Office policy prohibits individual teams from
making public scores or stats from any preseason scrimmage,
so DiNardo and his staff used the game-type setup to
take one final look at some players who may be on the
bubble to make the final squad. The roster has to be
cut to 38 active and seven practice squad players by
tough part is coming up. We have to get down to our
numbers now," DiNardo said. "From what I've
seen, and I've only seen the four teams here in person
and tape from Las Vegas, I would say this is going to
be a balanced league. You better come to play every
Casey Weldon and Jay Barker got all the repetitions
at quarterback during Wednesday's scrimmage. Weldon
played the entire first half and the first series of
the third quarter. Barker finished the game.
posted decent numbers, but league policy prohibits those
from being published. Weldon connected with Quincy Jackson
for a score and both threw an interception.
The Thunderbolts begin game week preparations Monday
in Birmingham. The team will report to Legion Field
for meetings and practice that day. Coach Gerry DiNardo
will hold his first in-season press conference as Birmingham's
coach Tuesday. The Bolts host the Memphis Maniax Feb.
4 at Legion Field. Kickoff is 3 p.m. CST.
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