Sandro aims to please

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Punter Burke Dales missed practice yesterday with a sore back but it was placekicker Sandro DeAngelis who felt the pain.

Although Dales is not expected to miss Friday's game in Hamilton, DeAngelis performed both tasks during yesterday's workouts.

While his league leading field-goal kicking was on target, his rusty punting skills need work.

DeAngelis spent yesterday angling 30-yard punts to the sidelines and said, if pressed into duty in Steeltown, he would be aiming for the sidelines.

"Without a doubt, I'd want to put that sucker out of bounds and not let them handle it," said DeAngelis, who has not punted since he was a junior in college.

Dales leads the CFL with a 46.2-yard average. Head coach Tom Higgins is confident his No. 1 punter will return and, if not, his No. 2 punter will survive.

"(Dales) was out (on the field) this morning and his back started to tighten up so we sent him home, told him to put his feet up," Higgins said. "We don't anticipate any challenges and we expect him to be here (today)."

NUMBERS CRUNCHING: The Stamps offence has obviously recovered from its sluggish start, which is reflected in the CFL stats. The 3-1 Stamps are first in points scored and yards total offence while finding themselves tied for second in TDs.

The unit has also risen to among the league leaders in first downs while it is first in average gain per rush (7.3 yards) and second in average gain per pass (9.4 yards).

The team also has three receivers -- Jeremaine Copeland (376 yards), Nik Lewis (310 yards) and Elijah Thurmon (226 yards) -- among the CFL's top eight pass catchers. Surprisingly, QB Henry Burris is last among the league's starters with a 56% completion rate.

ON THE MEND: RB David Allen (knee) and DB Crance Clemons (hamstring) continue rehabbing but will not return for Friday's game in Hamilton. DB Sadrick Williams was sick yesterday and didn't practice but is expected to return to workouts today.


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