Clermont not a hit among defenders

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

JoJuan Armour's personal highlight reel could contain a massive hit he laid on Jason Clermont last season, but it probably doesn't.

As a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Armour lined the B.C. Lions receiver up and drilled him with a clean, devastating shoulder that knocked the Regina product to the ground.

The only thing that would make it better would be if Clermont dropped the football.

"That's what he does," said Armour, who played with the slotback during the 2004 and '05 CFL seasons. "When I first came to the league, we were doing our first scrimmage. It was the exact same play. I caught him coming across the middle and nailed him. He held onto the ball.

"You tend to expect that out of him now. Guys that know him will say he's the toughest receiver we will face."

Armour gets to renew acquaintances Friday with Clermont when the Stamps visit the Lions in Vancouver.

Typically Clermont will take a huge hit to make a catch, which is what makes Armour respect him so much.

Earlier this year, Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Jason Nugent delivered the shot of the year, but Clermont got the last laugh because he held on to the ball and had a huge gain that led to a touchdown.

It's almost that Clermont thrives on absorbing hits.

"I think he would rather hit people, but being that he's on offence, that is what he takes pleasure in," Armour said.

"I worked out with him in B.C. I've never seen anybody like him. The guy can curl a 100-pound dumbbell. I don't know anybody else who can do that, even linemen. He's an outstanding physical athlete, and you have to respect that.

"But you have to keep hitting him."

Stamps safety Wes Lysack, another huge hitter, doesn't have any memorable mo-ments against Clermont.

"I probably had two big hits on him, but they don't stand out because he takes them," said Lysack, who puts Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon in the same category. "Both Clermont and Cahoon throw themselves into a catch regardless of the situation. Some receivers won't do that if they don't think they can make a clean catch."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps had a scary moment in yesterday's practice when DBs Milton Collins and Calvin Bannister collided. Both stayed down for a few minutes, and Bannister left the field, although neither is believed to be seriously hurt.


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