Camp Spurrier getting underway

The Redskins will open what could be their last training camp in Carlisle on Tuesday. Head coach Steve Spurrier said today his preference would be to conduct camp in Ashburn, which the team did two years ago. But they returned to Dickinson College last year at the request of then-coach Marty Schottenheimer.

But Schottenheimer is gone and Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson said,
''It's the coach's decision.''

Spurrier said, ''I don't understand the importance of getting away to
tell you the truth. ''I don't know how we'll do it next year. They do a
super job here. Shoot, maybe this is the way to go. Who knows? But my
experience in the past has been that staying in your home area in your
own beds has been just as productive as getting away.''
Team Notes
The Redskins signed a five-year deal with Dickinson last year, but have
the option each November of breaking the deal.

Meanwhile, four more draft choices signed with a fifth likely to be
signed soon. Washington signed corner Rashad Bauman, tight end Robert
Royal, offensive lineman Reggie Coleman and long snapper Jeff Grau.

Second-round pick Ladell Betts, a running back, was on campus and
expected to be signed soon. Quarterback Patrick Ramsey and receiver
Clifford Russell remain unsigned.

''It will [hurt Ramsey] if he's not here quickly,'' Spurrier said. ''He
made some nice progress between the first coaching session to the next
one. But I'll leave those contract negotiations to other people. I
accept all that. It's the same as in college when a guy gets suspended
for not going to class. As coaches you don't say, 'Who's playing?' They
say, 'These are your players, coach them and go play.' ''


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