Sandro DeAngelis named special teams player of the week
It's been a long climb, but Roughriders kicker Sandro DeAngelis has finally reached the top once again, being named the special teams player of the week for week 15.
The most accurate kicker in CFL history has been in the passenger seat the last while, and didn't even have a job when this season started. That's when the Riders came calling, when head coach Corey Chamblin didn't want then kicker Chris Milo doing all three kicking jobs.
"Two and a half months ago, I was sitting at home home with a two year old and a three year old watching cartoons, making quesadilla," said DeAngelis. "To all of sudden have this happen to me truly is awesome."
It wasn't exactly a great start for DeAngelis in green and white, as he did struggle a little at first, especially with field goals from beyond 40. DeAngelis appears to have kicked off that rust, going five for six in field goal attempts in Toronto, and the only one he missed didn't really matter as it would have made it 29 point lead late in the fourth rather than 26.
Since going two for four against the Montreal Alouettes in week 12, DeAngelis seems to have found his groove connecting on nine of his last 10 attempts. The only one missing being that one late against Toronto.
DeAngelis might have been able to win the award on his field goals alone, but the veteran was also forced to do something he has much of in the CFL, punt. Regular punter Chris Milo only made one punt before leaving the game with a sprained ankle. DeAngelis, who has been a little iffy at times in practice punting, did very well in filling in for Milo, averaging over 44 yards per punt.
"It was a real unique situation because I didn't know I would be punting," said DeAngelis.
DeAngelis probably couldn't of asked for a better game to win the award as the Niagara Falls, Ontario native wasn't far from home, and had his wife and kids in attendance.
"It's certainly a day I'll never forget, that's for darn sure," he said. "I'll always look back at that day with an extra smile."
Taking it indoors
As the Riders began a very short week of practice, they took it indoors Wednesday to the Credit Union Eventplex. It was the first time the green and white practiced inside since training camp, when they had a work out at the field house in Moose Jaw.
Head coach Corey Chamblin said that he moved the practice indoors as they were doing more of a walk through than an actual practice. By holding it inside, the players would be able to concentrate more on taking in the information, rather than staying warm.
They'll also practice the next couple of days at Leibel Field. Chamblin said that's a move to mix it up a bit, and make it kind of feel like a road practice, as like a road game, it will be a little different. Just yet another move this year by the rookie head coach that's been a little outside the box.
Not much in the way of an injury update on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Keith Shologan was there, but considering it was a walk through it's hard to say where he's at. Brent Hawkins wasn't there, neither was Chris Milo.
It does sound like offensive lineman Brendan LaBatte is good to go, so a decision will have to be made along the line this week, as for only the second time this year everyone is healthy.