The Federals used yesterday's Touchdown Club welcome as a platform for announcing that Joe Blair, the longtime Redskins (and ex-Maryland) publicist who recently left the NFL club, is joing their p.r. staff as a "consultant" . . . For letting WMAL Radio reveal that "after a nationwide search," Pete Wysocki will be Johnny Holiday's partner on Feds broadcasts, just as he was on Maryland football . . . For disclosing that WMAL-TV-7 will do three or four Federals games locally, with Tim Brant and Mike Patrick . . . For starting quarterback Kim McQuilken to quip that he wouldn't have made the luncheon but for "driving Craig James' limo" . . .
The Redskins signed ex-WVU offensive lineman Keith Jones, as he'd said they would, and two other free agents: Idaho defensive end Jay Hayes (cut by Detroit Lions last preseason) and punting competition for Jeff Hayes: return engagement for Dave Smigelsky, ex-VPI. Cut by Redskins ('81) and Colts, he became Atlanta Falcons' 1982 regular (38.5 average, 33.9 net).
New job for Floyd Keith, Howard's head coach for four years until last month: he'll guide offensive backs at Arizona, under Coach Larry Smith . . . Among a raft of new L.A. Rams assistants under John Robinson is one who for a while there almost beat Ray Jauch to the Federals' post: Jimmy Raye. The former Falcons' aide will coordinate offense in Anaheim . . . Directing Robinson's defensive line will be Marv Goux: "Mr. Trojan" all these years as USC assistant, tainted lately by the ticket wheeling-dealing that helped bring down probation . . . Baltimore's Colts have started feeling out Stanford quarterback John Elway, yet to decide between pro football and Yankees baseball. Coach Frank Kush talked with Jack Elway, San Jose State coach, about his son; General Manager Ernie Accorsi said he had parried preliminary calls from other NFL teams about trading for the Colts' No. 1 by telling one and all "we intend to use that top pick and have no interest in trading it" . . . Utah quarterback Kenny Vierra, transferring because he wants to throw more (befitting his No. 8 rank nationally in passing efficiency), visits Maryland campus today.