Training camp for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be five players less today when practices resume at McMaster University.
The Canadian Football League team released wide receivers Dondre Gilliam and Steve Savoy, linebackers Corey Dodds and Alex Green, and offensive lineman Malcolm Woolridge.
The six-foot, 185-pound Gilliam had played in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers for two years. He played his college football at Millersville, Pa. His rookie NFL year was 2002.
Savoy signed as a free-agent with Hamilton on Sept. 26 following his release from the Detroit Lions. After spending five games on the Ticats practice roster he made his CFL debut in Hamilton’s 15-9 victory over Montreal on Nov. 4. The Lions had signed him as an un-drafted free-agent on April 28. He played in three games during the pre-season, had three receptions for 28 yards, and was released by Detroit on Aug. 30. He played two seasons (2003-04) with the University of Utah Utes and started 21 of 24 games, catching 107 passes for 1,624 yards. His 18 touchdown catches rank fifth on the school’s all-time record list.
Dodds was also a Utah Utes product, graduating last year.
Green, 22, came to the Cats from Duke University. He was 6-2, 195 pounds.
Woolridge, 25, was signed by the Tabbies as a free-agent on May 17. He played two seasons (2003-04) with the Kansas State University Wildcats after transferring from Harper College and started 11 of 12 games at left guard. In 2002. he made First team NJCAA All-American as a defensive lineman before making the transition to the offensive line.
Ticat field workouts resume with a morning practice from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and the afternoon practice will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Fans are invited to come out to watch the team as they prepare for their first pre-season game when they travel to Toronto to take on the Argonauts this Friday at Rogers Centre. Kick-off goes at 7 pm.