- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Nasty and big

CARLISLE, Pa. Something about defensive tackle brings out the toughest characters. Former Washington Redskin William Gaines was called the "Big Nasty." Donovan Arp seems to have inherited the title.

Arp fought guard Alex Sulfsted during the morning workout yesterday minutes after a brief scuffle with guard Ross Tucker that has been an ongoing bout throughout camp. Linebacker LaVar Arrington jumped atop Arp trying to separate him without success.

Arp's plans for a starting job ahead of Santana Dotson were hindered by the signing of former Miami Dolphins tackle Daryl Gardener. However, Arp's play during the opening week of camp should earn him a reserve role.


Say what?

Coach Steve Spurrier isn't worried about the language gap during the three-day stay in Japan. He's not even going to work the phrase book.

"I figure for three or four days I won't need to crowd my brain with too much stuff I won't need when we leave there," Spurrier said.


Column B?

Defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson will be a picky eater in Japan. "Big Daddy'' is the team's heavyweight at 340 pounds but won't be gorging on local delicacies.

"I've been thinking about that for three months now,'' Wilkinson said. "I have to see what they have. I'm hoping they have something on the table that's chicken or beef. I keep it simple, [but] I'm open to learning."


Keep it simple

Spurrier said he only plans to script the opening few offensive plays for Saturday's preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers and try 15 to 20 during the first half when quarterback Sage Rosenfels plays. Quarterback Danny Wuerffel will play the second half, with Shane Matthews getting most of the snaps against Carolina on Aug. 10.

"I never know what we plan to do. We just start calling some ballplays and hopefully hit," Spurrier said.


Extra points

• Japanese receiver Akihito Amaya worked on a reverse that Spurrier projected earlier. Amaya probably will get a couple snaps against San Francisco.

• About 30 preschoolers donning Native American headbands chanted for the Redskins from the stands.


At a glance

Next Carlisle practice: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

Health watch: DE Bruce Smith (knees), DT Santana Dotson (calf), G Kipp Vickers (knee), OT Wayne Smith (hip) and LG David Loverne (sprained elbow) missed practice. DE Otis Leverette (knee) left practice early.

Rick Snider

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