The Washington Federals have cut their practices from two to one a day and will break camp after an informal scrimmage with the Birmingham Stallions Friday afternoon in the Gator Bowl.
The Federals must reduce their roster by 12, to 45, by Sunday. By Thursday, all teams in the U.S. Football League will have to announce their final 40-man playing rosters and 10-man "developmental squads." The latter players will practice with their teams but not suit up for games.
The Federals stressed special teams work in today's workout, an event that made it all the clearer that Washington's kicking and punting game may be less than outstanding come March 6 when its season opens against the Chicago Blitz.
Kickers Obed Ariri and Brian Franco and punters Steve Hoffman and Mike Forslund appear inconsistent.
The only alternative to Hoffman and Forslund is for running back Craig James to take on the punting. Although James had a 44.9-yard average last year for Southern Methodist, General Manager Dick Myers said he does not want to overuse his prized player.
The other trouble spots are on the offensive line, at outside linebacker and with the receivers.
Jauch is starting Walker Lee and diminutive Reggie Smith as wide receivers, but said that if the Federals are successful in obtaining Joey Walters, the Canadian Football League's leading pass catcher last season and a free agent as of March 1, he probably would make Smith a backup receiver as well as a first-string punt and kick returner.