Kicker set to boot Stamps record

DAN TOTH, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The man who owns every Calgary Stampeders kicking record thinks Sandro DeAngelis has a leg up on his own early career success.

DeAngelis is one swing of his leg away from surpassing Mark McLoughlin in the Stampeders' record books for field goals in a CFL season, while proving to be one of the most promising kickers to enter the league.

The 25-year-old already has his foot in the door of McLoughlin's exclusive club by splitting the uprights 54 times this season, tying the former Stamp.

The record could fall tonight when the confident DeAngelis and the Stamps face the Blue Bombers (5 p.m., TSN).

"It's refreshing to see a guy like him," said McLoughlin, who retired last season and is now vice-president of advancement at Olds College.

"There are a couple of similarities between us. He really seems to enjoy what he's doing and has fun with what he's doing.

"I think there's a similarity with him and I as to how seriously we take the position and what we put into it to ensure you're always at the top of your game."

McLoughlin, the team's career scoring leader, achieved the single-season feat in 1996. He said DeAngelis' confident approach to his role is a necessary component for any kicker.

"You always have to have a level of confidence in yourself or it's pretty tough to survive in that business," said McLoughlin, who the Stamps had hoped to replace with Duncan O'Mahony in 2003.

"Once you start to lose it as a youngster, it's tough to get it back. You look at a guy like Duncan and boy, I tell you, if you can't master it early, it's tough to get it back.

"There's no doubt Sandro's a very confident person, not in a cocky way but in his own ability."

As a youngster in the mid-1990s, DeAngelis met McLoughlin during a Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Toronto, although they've never talked since DeAngelis' arrival into the CFL in the spring of 2005.

"I've never spoken to him but I'd like to," DeAngelis said. "His number is retired, so I could learn some things from him. Even if I could improve one percent, it would be worth talking to him."


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