With a horrible missed tackle fresh in his mind, Cornelius Anthony tried to make a positive impression on the practice field.
He ended up leaving plenty of collateral damage in his wake. Equipment assistant Chad Brummund took the worst of it yesterday, as the anxious Calgary Stampeders linebacker ran him over chasing the quarterback on one drill.
"I'm an aggressive player. I might be small but finesse is not my game," said the second-year Stampeder. "I bring it every play. If somebody gets in my way, I will let them know I'm there."
Obviously, he can't undo the play where B.C. Lions running back Joe Smith scampered 66 yards to the endzone, leaving tire tracks on Anthony's back. That play cemented a 40-23 Lions win last week.
But Calgary's defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan isn't blaming the 28-year-old for everything that went wrong in that lopsided defeat.
Anthony had a tough assignment replacing injured veteran Brian Clark because there was little film to study on Smith before the meeting.
Creehan is confident enough in Anthony to send him out against the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday in Regina (8 p.m., TSN).
"He jumped offsides once, missed a sack on one play and then fell down on the long run. Other than that, he didn't play badly," Creehan said. "He still has to make those plays and the reality is he didn't make them. Those plays hurt us but to say he had a bad game is unfair to the kid."
Anthony and the rest of the defence have a different challenge this week trying to shut down Kenton Keith and the most mobile quarterback in the league in Kerry Joseph.
Yet it was Clark, who is recovering from a pulled hamstring and won't play, that pulled Anthony aside and told him to keep his chin up.
"When the long play happened, Clark told me to forget about it. I have to move on," Anthony said. "That's kind of like a creed that players have. You can't let it happen over and over but you have to put things behind you."
Following two practices this week, Anthony is feeling more comfortable at the position.
"It was my first start and I was trying to make every play," Anthony said. "This game, I'll be a lot more relaxed, be more fluid out there and have some fun."
BACK TO GRASS: The Stamps practised on the grass next to McMahon Stadium yesterday for only the second time this season as a break from the FieldTurf inside the park.
The turf is in great shape because the team has stayed off it but it will be completely different from the hard artificial surface they will play Saturday in Regina.
"It's a nice change of pace," said head coach Tom Higgins. "You can't be on just one surface all the time. We don't just want to be good on one surface. We need to play well on grass, Astro Turf and FieldTurf. We have to be good on cement if we have to."
'RIDER SUSPENDED: The CFL suspended a Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman yesterday but not for his devastating hit on Spurgon Wynn.
Scott Schultz received an undisclosed fine for drilling Wynn Saturday against the Toronto Argonauts but fellow lineman Terrell Jurineack was handed a one-game suspension for nailing quarterback Eric Crouch after he handed the ball off.
There is a chance Jurineack could play Saturday against the Stamps if he appeals.