Struggling DeAngelis not panicking

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

HAMILTON — Sandro DeAngelis is in foreign territory and we don’t mean his new home team in Hamilton.

The former Calgary Stampeder finds himself in the first real kicking slump of his career and other than a best guess as to why, he’s not certain how it came about.

“Obviously, I have raised the bar pretty high for myself and I expect more from myself,” DeAngelis said following practice Tuesday. “With any major life transition — new house, new city, new coaches, new team, new everything — maybe I just haven’t been myself.”

Not being himself means missing exactly half of his eight field goal attempts through the first three games, an unheard of number of misses for the CFL’s most accurate kicker of all time.

The fact that all four misses have come at Ivor Wynne only makes the slump that much worse.

“I’m doing what I have always done, unfortunately I’m not getting the results I’ve always gotten.”

His 50% success rate is easily the worst in the league. Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille stands by his kicker and DeAngelis is showing no signs of panic either.

“I’m preparing like I always have,” he said. “I haven’t deviated from my routine. I kicked sensationally during practice, I kicked sensationally during pre-game, kicked sensationally during training camp so therefore the results are going to come.”

Even the booing by the home fans, while initially a bit of a shock, makes sense in hindsight, DeAngelis said.

“It is something I have never had happen. It’s a bit of a shocker but at the same time I understand why they’re doing it. They expect better out of me and frankly I expect better out of myself. They have spent their hard earned money to come and watch us do a job and I haven’t done that and they’re letting me know that. That’s OK. I want them to know I’m doing everything I can to fix it,” DeAngelis said.


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