DeAngelis not miffed over award snub

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:18 PM ET

Sandro DeAngelis had another opportunity for a rant, but he declined. A year ago at the Grey Cup in Montreal, the Calgary Stampeders kicker was miffed about losing out on the CFL special teams player of the year award to a returner (Dominique Dorsey). He was eliminated from contention yesterday, as B.C. Lions linebacker Jason Arakgi took the West Division nominee. Losing to a cover guy must burn. Ticked off? Upset? Kicking and screaming mad? Nope. “That’s sensational,” DeAngelis said. “He is a presence and you have to game plan for him ... What he does is not the most glamorous but you talk to any coach and you would love to have a guy like him on your team. “My personal vote would have been to (Montreal Alouettes kicker) Damon Duval and he’s not up for it. “How do you punt for that average and kick for those numbers and break the all-time CFL scoring record and not get the nomination for your team (which went to returner Larry Taylor, who won the East nomination)?” There could be an argument for DeAngelis and the season he had. He hit on 85.7% and only missed seven times, which was slightly worse than his 86.2% a year ago when he missed eight times. Duval finished the season kicking 87.3% of his field goals, while Arakgi was second in the CFL with 35 special-teams tackles. “When I feel I’m being screwed, I will say it,” DeAngelis, who was named an all-star for the fifth straight year Wednesday. “This year, I didn’t deserve it.”

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