Most-outstanding-player nod humbles Anderson

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Not too many things can keep Dwight Anderson quiet.

But getting the nomination as the Calgary Stampeders most outstanding defensive player has done just that.

"In a group with John Chick and Korey Banks, those are great names to be up there with," the defensive back said about the nominees from the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions.

"I'm stunned right now because there are so many good players out there and to pick one is hard. I just take it as it comes.

"I'm excited about it. I'm laughing I'm so happy. I don't know what to say. That's a first.

"I guess I should get more awards and that will keep my mouth closed."

The other nominee in the defensive category for the West Division is Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Kai Ellis. Anderson is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, sits third in defensive tackles with 51, second with seven knockdowns and has two forced fumbles.

His all-around consistent game has helped the second-year Stamp make an impact from the wide-side corner position.

The only drawback in Anderson's game is his fiery temperament, which can sometimes get him into trouble with the officials.

"He has grown in that area, but he has more growing to do," said head coach John Hufnagel.

"He's an excitable player and that's why he's the calibre player he is, because of the energy he brings to the field."

For the fifth straight season, kicker Sandro DeAngelis is the Stamps' nominee for most outstanding special teams player. Linebacker Malik Jackson is the team's top rookie.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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