A.C. turned up even in chill of fall

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Along with his second CFL defensive lineman of the week award, Anthony Collier expects he'll be getting an iPod.

The league sent him a DVD player after the first one -- which he earned by racking up a record-tying five sacks against the B.C. Lions in Game 3 -- but, surprisingly, nothing when he was named the defensive lineman of the month in July.

"I thought I'd be getting a big screen for that," the Renegades defensive end said with a laugh yesterday.

Next season, by the way he figures it, Collier could open his own audio electronics business on the side.

SHOULD HAVE MORE SACKS

"Just watching the film after games, I should have 19 or 20 (sacks)," he said. "I'm talking legitimate chances, where I just missed the tackle. But those types of things happen. It gives me something to shoot for next season."

The Renegades will pick up the option year on Collier, whose latest accolades arrive on the heels of a three-sack, three-tackle, one-fumble recovery showing in Friday's 40-32 loss to the Ticats.

A first-year starter, who has been in and out of the lineup this season, his 11 sacks are second in the league to Winnipeg's Gavin Walls.

"Things started pretty good, but I kinda had a slump," Collier says when asked to assess his 2005. "To me, it's been an average season. I expect bigger things. I'm hardest on myself."

The coaching staff also expects more from Collier, who has had a number of sub-par games to go along with his starring performances. Part of his inconsistency could be attributed to his inexperiece -- and part to a sprained MCL he suffered in camp.

Collier, who was still receiving treatment on the knee long after practice had ended yesterday, is questionable for Saturday's game against the Montreal Alouettes.

'THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE'

A loss will officially erase Ottawa's chances of making the playoffs.

"There's always hope ... but we let last week's game slip away and that would have helped us a lot," said Collier, who adds that blame for the current predicament lies with those who wear the jerseys. "It's on us as players, not the coaches. We watch film and they tell us 'you should be here.' But there are too many 'my faults' from everybody on this team, including myself. You see the film and you practise, but you only get one time to do it (in a game). There's no room for messing up. As a team, we kinda mess up a little too much. We shoot ourselves in the foot."

APPOINTMENT WITH THE DOCTOR: Missing practice yesterday was coach Joe Paopao and four inactive players -- Johnny Scott, Freddie Moore, Darryl Ray and J.F. Roy -- as the group had a chance to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Scott presented Rice with a Renegades jersey. "She told us she appreciciated the wide-open CFL game," said Scott. "She went to a (U.S.) college game and it was 6-3. She likes to see more action." Paopao said meeting the third-highest ranking American politician was "quite an experience." The get-together was arranged by Renegades president Lonie Glieberman, who also attended. "The function was requested by management ... management thought it was extremely important and I was okay with that," Paopao said about missing practice on a week when the team is one loss from having its post-season hopes extinguished. "The co-ordinators run practice ... my job is to blow the whistle and yell at people and move things along."

EXTRA POINTS: SB Pat Woodcock (ribs) may have played his last game of the season. The Kanata-born receiver is listed as questionable for Saturday's game and might miss the finale Nov. 5 vs. Toronto as well, depending on the extent of his pain. The Renegades' plan is to pick up the option year in his contract, but they would likely want to extend and restructure his deal ... WR Jason Armstead (hip) is considered probable this week.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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