Just call him 'Hollywood Hooton' now.
Seems that Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall has branded college quarterback Jon Hooton with the new nickname.
"Milt comes up with some good ones," Hooton, who sports a thick head of dark hair, said yesterday. "Like the long hair, he comes up with 'Hollywood.' He's a pretty funny guy."
The University of Manitoba Bison was invited to camp just to help out and has obviously enjoyed the experience thus far.
"It's been good," said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound pivot. "I've been getting a lot of throwing in, a lot of work with receivers, lots of one-on-ones. The guys have been great so far in the meetings. I've been learning lots of things, watching lots of film, picking up things. And the pace out here is so fast that it feels good to see things at such a fast level and hopefully, I can take them back to CIS.
"I've probably thrown my quota of off-season throws already in six days but the arm's feeling pretty good -- no soreness yet, just a little tired. A lot of ice and a lot of rest during the evenings and it's feeling pretty good."
And yes, he can see the possibility of playing pro football in his future.
"I've been keeping up pretty good with the rest of the guys and hey, I think, eventually one day, I can probably get out here and throw it to them for real during the game," said Hooton, 26.
Hooton, however, will not get any reps in today's scrimmage.
"It's a little disappointing but I was told pretty clearly that this was more a learning development process," he said.
"I'd still like to get in there but I'll take whatever I can get."
SCRIMMAGE: Do not expect an actual game at today's scrimmage, which should start around 11 a.m. There will be no kicking and each of four segments will start at the 50 yard-line. Each of the four import QBs -- Kevin Glenn, Tee Martin, Spergon Wynn and Russ Michna -- will get 10 scripted plays (five with the first O-line team, five with the second). And hitting the QBs will not be allowed, although all the rest can go at it.
The scrimmage will also be reffed by officials who were actually at yesterday's practices to train under the supervision of Winnipeg's Ken Lazaruk. There were 18 officials, including 11 amateur football refs at camp.
"It's more an exposure camp than a training camp," said Lazaruk, who praised the Bombers for their co-operation. "It's to let them (amateurs) see what it's like to work with professional athletes at the speed of the CFL game."
They are hoping that this becomes an annual project across the CFL.
HASHMARKS: The Bombers welcomed 6-foot-1, 285-pound import OL Junior Louissaint after cutting import OL Kendrick Rogers and non-import OL Geoff St. Denis yesterday ... DB Marcus Bradley decided to retire ... WR Elgin Hicks, SB Vinnie Sutherland, RB Marvin Townes and LB Ron Ockimey were hobbled by minor hamstring and groin pulls yesterday.