Stamps key on returners

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

The faces of two Saskatchewan Roughriders are plastered on the Stampeders' locker-room wall like wanted posters.

Wide receiver Jason Armstead and running back Dominique Dorsey, two special-teams dynamos, are worthy of special attention as replacements for departed returner Corey Holmes.

"They are very dangerous and very productive football players," warned special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson, the man who stapled the notices on the bulletin board. "They're two guys we have to be specifically aware of. They are two of the best returners in the CFL."

The pages were printed from the Roughriders' website with some of their more memorable stats underlined in green highlighter.

Dickenson said both have put up some remarkable numbers, especially Dorsey's 7,700 yards rushing in high school, a California record.

Armstead had more than 1,700 kickoff and punt return yards last season and has been one of the CFL's most potent returners the past two years.

CHILL, HANK: Returns to Regina may never be "just another game" for Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris but Calgary head coach Tom Higgins feels his starting pivot is overcoming the emotional burden of playing his former team.

"It's nice when you can put that behind you," Higgins said.

"People can make it an issue, make it into more than what it is ... He should be able to go into Taylor Field (recently renamed Mosaic Stadium) a lot more relaxed than he has been in the past."

JOY OF SIX: The Stamps clawed back from a 21-3 deficit to beat the 'Riders 29-21 when the teams last met in Regina in October.

Calgary needed six field goals from Sandro DeAngelis to get it done, something pivot Henry Burris would like to change tomorrow.

"We just have to capitalize when we get to the red zone, bottom line," Burris said.

PLAYING CARDS: Receivers Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis are finally getting into the spirit of the FIFA World Cup.

The two were playfully flashing yellow and red cards, like soccer referees, at teammates yesterday for a variety of transgressions, mostly verbal.

It's a trend the two infamous trash talkers would hate to see implemented in the CFL.

"Calgary would be without 20 players for the next game if they had that," Lewis said.


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