Lone D nod puzzles honoured Stamp

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

As the lone all-star of his defence, Brandon Browner takes pride in what he has accomplished this season.

That said, the sophomore cornerback -- named an all-Canadian yesterday amongst a group including five B.C. Lions -- can't quite understand how or why he's the only Calgary defender named.

The Stamps face the Lions in the West final Saturday at McMahon Stadium (2:30 p.m., TSN), where Browner hopes to prove that mistakes were made in the selections.

"I feel the (voters) made a statement by only picking one guy," Browner said.

"Our defence leads the CFL is numerous categories on defence. To have only one guy is insane to me.

"I would pick our defence over theirs."

Lions defensive end Cam Wake leads the way for the Lions, who also put defensive end Brent Johnson, tackle Aaron Hunt, safety Barron Miles and cornerback Dante Marsh on the all-CFL team.

Browner has three interceptions this season but has 61 defensive tackles, three forced fumbles, recovered two fumbles, had a quarterback sack, eight pass knockdowns and 14 special-teams tackles.

Considering his biggest impact is affecting an opposition's game plan by making them avoid his man, those are great numbers. But Browner would love to have more interceptions.

It doesn't matter to safety Wes Lysack, who is thankful to have Browner covering the short-side receiver.

"Brandon's done a good job all year," Lysack said. "He's put in a consistent performance in the majority of games.

"There's a lot of things he does that don't go into stats that contribute to the success we've had. He's the type of guy that doesn't get balls thrown his way. He's similar to (former Stampeder) Anthony Malbrough in that people get on his case for not getting interceptions, but he has his guy locked up and the ball isn't going that way."

Browner is pumped up to be recognized this season, especially because it comes with a bonus. But the 24-year-old is having butterflies about the playoff game.

"This is the biggest game I've been part of as a professional or even on the collegiate level," Browner said.

"I've never won a championship. I've had trouble sleeping at night. I don't think I've ever watched this much film since I've been in Calgary. It goes to show the importance of this game.

"If we win, we go to the Grey Cup and have the chance to be Grey Cup champs. What could be better?"


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