Stamps new leaders proud ... not loud

Calgary Stampeders Brandon Smith attends training camp in Calgary on June 13, 2011. (MIKE DREW/QMI...

Calgary Stampeders Brandon Smith attends training camp in Calgary on June 13, 2011. (MIKE DREW/QMI AGENCY)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

In the past couple of years, if one of the two leaders in the Calgary Stampeders secondary took a disputable penalty, a verbal tirade would ensue.

It was the style of both Brandon Browner and Dwight Anderson to show their emotion in such an instance.

Those two guys are gone, and the Stamps secondary has a new indentity as the new leaders Brandon Smith and Keon Raymond are polar opposites.

So when Smith got tangled up with Terrence Edwards in Thursdays 21-20 victory and was flagged for pass interference, putting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the one-yard line, he didnt make a fuss.

Plays are going to happen, Smith said. I didnt think it was a pass interference. Our feet got tangled up.

Im not going to start hollering at the refs they have a job to do. Its a decision they made. Its on to the next play, where I try to make up for it.

Smith did make up for it. Earlier he had an interception, and an impressive knockdown of a pass by Bombers QB Joey Elliott stopped a late drive.

If you just saw the highlights, it might look like Smith had a horrible outing, as a 48-yard Edwards TD was against his coverage, but the Stampeders defensive back was solid throughout.

You will never see Smith in the highlights going off on officials the way Browner and Anderson did last year, especially when they were upset with the officiating following the West final loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Were in the business of letting our play do the talking as opposed to doing anything to grab extra attention, Smith said about the leadership of himself and Raymond.

We like the attention only when we were making plays. We wont be loud mouthing.

I feel its a waste of energy. Im so tired form running around chasing receivers all game.

I dont want to have to waste more energy yelling to get extra attention.

Smith and fellow fourth-year Stamps halfback Raymond dont get riled up on the field like Browner and Anderson. They are quiet and reserved most times, but that doesnt mean they arent passionate.

Raymond had a interception for a TD plus a key fumble return against the Bombers, and post-game, he constantly thanked God and dedicated the performance to his wife on her birthday.

Although Raymond has played with this team since late in the 2008 season, he has never held the same position from one year to the next.

Hes lined up at safety, cornerback, coverage linebacker and, finally, now at halfback. The 28-year-old has taken to the move, and he relishes making people forget about the all-star cornerbacks the Stamps lost this off-season.

Patience is a virtue, Raymond said. Its our time to step up and not just in speaking but in making plays on the field.

Guys respond to that when they see you making plays. Then they see your character off the field and they can respect you. Im big on showing guys what I do on and off the field. You dont see me doing anything outrageous because I understand the respect my teammates have for me in the locker-room.

Raymond nearly had two TDs against the Bombers, but on the fumble return, he tripped over his own feet and smashed into Elliotts legs. The Bombers backup quarterback suffered a torn ACL on the play, but he stayed in the game, although hes now done for the season.

My legs got heavy.

I thought, If I bring this back, Im going right back on the field (on defence), Raymond added. I wanted to score.

I got it close enough where the offence could made a play.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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