Dickenson never told he might sub-in

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

If Stamps head coach John Hufnagel was considering making a quarterbacking change Saturday night, backup Dave Dickenson was completely unaware.

No one, he says, told him to drop the clipboard and pick up a helmet.

"I didn't know that, and I'm not concerned about it," Dickenson said. "I never got that relayed to me. I'm ready to play, but I'm also fully behind whoever is in there. I'm trying to make a difference whether I'm in there or not.

"To me, it was still anyone's game, and we proved that when we turned it around in the fourth quarter."

Dickenson says there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the offence, but the mental mistakes need to be ironed out.

"Offensively, I think we're doing what we want to do," Dickenson said. "We had a few mental breakdowns and other things that were uncharacteristic in the last game -- penalties and drops.

"But for the most part, I think it's working. We just have to have that confidence, as a team, that we're not going to be denied."

Dickenson said he's focused on helping the offence any way he can.

And that means communicating with starter Henry Burris and -- if the situation calls for it -- a receiver who's beating himself up for dropping a pass.

"If I feel it's mentally in their head a little bit, I'll tell them to wipe it out," Dickenson said. "I'll say, 'Don't worry about it, go on to the next play. Don't bother with something you can't change.'

"It's a tough enough game. There's enough energy expended out there that if you worry about past plays, you're not going to perform out there.

"Earlier in the year, when Ken-Yon (Rambo) had the double fumble, I said, 'Play aggressive -- don't worry about it.' I think he's taken that advice and went with it."

RIDERS DOWN RECEIVERS

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are almost to the point where they're ready to place classified ads in search of receivers.

With starters D.J. Flick, Andy Fantuz and Matt Dominguez out of the lineup, the Riders' most productive receiver is Adarius Bowman.

The Stampeders have four receivers with more yardage than Bowman's 235 yards.

But that doesn't mean Stampeders cornerback Dwight Anderson is ready to take the night off.

"It's like any other team," Anderson said. "You never know what's going to go down during a game or a practice.

"We know we're going to have to respect them as players. They're going to find somebody, and we have to show them enough respect to say 'OK, he's on the field, so we need to line up and play our hardest against him.' "

Sometimes, it's better to go up against the devil you know.

"That's the opportunity every player looks for," Anderson said. "That player who's getting his chance, you never know, he might come out and have a breakout game, so you've got to come prepared."

Huf says too many fouls

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel knows he's starting to sound like a broken record.

But he won't stop preaching the need for better discipline -- especially after his team was flagged for 129 yards in Saturday's loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"It's always a struggle until you fix the problem. I can't say the problem's been fixed."


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