DeAngelis tops West 'field'

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Sandro DeAngelis won the CFL's most outstanding special teams player award two years ago and calls it "one of the greatest nights of my life."

The Calgary Stampeders kicker, who is in the mix for the hardware again this season, is certain winning a championship would bump it down the list.

"I can't imagine the party, I cannot imagine the sense of pride and accomplishment winning a Grey Cup and seeing the Mounties come down the stairs with that Cup and seeing the confetti, having 60,000 screaming fans ..." DeAngelis said yesterday at McMahon Stadium, just hours after the league announced its divisional award winners.

"I'll tell you what -- individual awards are great, but winning with 50 or 60 of your closest friends ... that's something I daydream about a lot."

DeAngelis is the West Division's top special-teams performer for the second time in three years and can book a ticket to Montreal, where the league will hand out its annual awards three days before the Grey Cup game.

He's up against electrifying return man Dominique Dorsey of the Toronto Argonauts, who led the league with 2,892 all-purpose yards despite missing five games with a knee injury.

DeAngelis' numbers are nothing to sneeze at either. The fourth-year pro booted a league-high 50 field-goals on 58 attempts in 18 regular-season outings and scored 217 points, a career-best and the second-highest mark in franchise history.

Sandro is probably the most consistent field-goal kicker that I've been associated with," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel.

He hasn't had to do it too often this year, but through his play, the consistency and the professionalism he brings on the field each and every week, if I had someone go out there to kick the winning field goal on the last play of the game, I'd like to know it's No. 12 walking out on that field."

DeAngelis usually lets his shoe do the talking, but he can make some noise with his shoulder pads, too. The former Nebraska Cornhusker had seven special-teams tackles this season, tied for the most among CFL kickers.

So what would happen if DeAngelis was the Stamps' last man back and Dorsey was burning up the field?

"He's going down," DeAngelis said. "I know I can use the sideline as my friend, so I either push him out of bounds or I figure I can funnel him into the middle where some of my other friends are coming, so either way, he's going down.

"He's one heck of a ballplayer and he's one of those guys who can cut on a dime, so I'm not saying it would be easy and I'm not saying it would be pretty, but he's going down."


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