June 1, 2012
Carroll gets do-over with BombersDefensive tackle was cut last season, tried NFL and is now back in Blue
By KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY
It’s not every day a player gets cut from Bomber training camp and promptly signs with an NFL team.
But that’s what happened to defensive tackle Andre Caroll last year. The Bombers gave him his walking papers at the conclusion of camp, and a month later the Cleveland Browns invited him to try out for them.
“I was shocked, but I still went there and did what I could do,” Caroll said Friday after the final rookie camp practice at Canad Inns Stadium.
The Browns cut him loose at the end of their camp, and the Delaware State product was gearing up to play arena football when the Bombers came calling once again.
His chances of sticking in Blue and Gold are better this year now that the Bombers are going to employ four imports on the defensive line. In fact, he very well could be Doug Brown’s replacement.
“I learned a lot from Doug Brown. A great man,” Caroll said. “So is Donny (Oramasionwu). They taught me a lot of things. I appreciate everything they did for me when I was up here the first time.”
Caroll has shed more than 25 pounds, going from 305 last year to his current weight of nearly 280, so he feels much quicker.
NEXT UP: The Bombers weren’t planning to make any cuts before main camp begins on Sunday morning.
A new CFL rule allows teams to carry 75 counters and as many non-counters (draft picks and CIS free agents) as they wish until after the first pre-season game.
The Bombers have 77 players in camp, including seven non-counters and Bisons quarterback Khaleal Williams. It used to be CFL teams had to cut to 68 counters before the start of main camp.
The veterans will undergo physicals on Saturday morning.
NEW BLOOD: The Bombers added two imports on Friday.
Defensive end Brandon Akpunku had 7.5 sacks for North Texas last fall, while defensive back Jeremy McGee played at Ole Miss and had five tackles for the St. Louis Rams in pre-season action last summer.
Both took part in Friday’s workout.
LATE HITS: Defensive back/returner Demond Washington was supposed to participate in rookie camp, but he still wasn’t in Winnipeg as of Friday morning. No explanation was given … Veteran defensive backs Jovon Johnson and Jonathan Hefney will miss the first day of training camp for personal reasons, head coach Paul LaPolice reported … The gates to Canad Inns Stadium open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, but the first full practice won’t start until 10:30.