Seven Golden Hawks recognized as OUA all-stars

oua all-stars

BURLINGTON, ON – Seven members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were announced as OUA All-Stars on Wednesday morning by the conference.

Earning OUA First Team All-Star status were running back Dillon Campbell of Whitby, Ont., defensive linemenKwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., and Asante Mizan of Brooklyn, N.Y., along with defensive back Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont. Three other Hawks were named OUA Second Team All-Stars including receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr.of Ottawa, linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., and defensive back Malcolm Thompson of Windsor, Ont.

Not since the days of Windsor’s Daryl Stephenson and McMaster’s Jesse Lumdsen has the OUA seen a player so dominant as Golden Hawks running back Dillon Campbell who is an OUA first-team all-star for a second straight season. Campbell has now led the country in rushing the past two seasons after finishing 2015 season with 186 rushes for 1115 yards. After being named the OUA MVP last season, the fifth-year kinesiology and physical education major is surely in the conversation once again after averaging 165.4 all-purpose yards per game and five touchdowns.

Laurier receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. joins Carleton’s Guillaume Caron as the only players to be named both an all-rookie and a second-team all-star in their first season in the league.  Gittens Jr., a 6-foot, 178 lbs. receiver, led the Golden Hawks with 461 yards in eight games this year.  His 40 catches in 2015 ranks him fifth in the conference and tied for 16th in the CIS.

With three first-team and one second-team all-stars, the Golden Hawks defence was difficult to play against all season long. For Laurier, it starts with defensive tackle Asante Mizan and defensive end Kwaku Boateng who are both first-team all-stars for the first time in their careers.

Mizan, a 6-foot-2, 290 lbs. defensive tackle terrorized opponents, recording 11.5 tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, returning it 30 yards for a touchdown. Just down the line, if it seemed like Boateng spent much of the season in the opposing backfield, that’s probably because he did. The third-year business major had 18 tackles on the season, nine of which were for a loss. Boateng also led the Golden Hawks and finished eighth in OUA with four sacks in eight games.

The 2015 season was a breakout year for cousins Godfrey and Nakas Onyeka who have been named first and second team all-stars, respectively, for the first time in their careers. The way the pair flew around the secondary for Laurier this season, you’d swear there were more than two of them. Godfrey, a second-year cornerback, recorded 29.5 tackles this season to go along with a sack and an interception. Not to be outdone, the 6-foot-1, 217 lbs. linebacker Nakas led the Golden Hawks in tackles with 48, while sacking the quarterback twice and finishing tied for second in the OUA with two fumble recoveries.

Rounding out the Golden Hawks selections on the defensive side of the ball is defensive halfback Malcolm Thompson, a second-year sociology student-athlete, who finished second on Laurier with 42 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in eight games.

The seven all-stars marks the most for the program since the 2011 season while the four first team all-stars matches the number Laurier had last season.

The 2015 OUA Football Major Award Winners will be announced starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 12 at Yates Cup press conference in Burlington, Ont.

FIRST TEAM
Pos. – Athlete – University – Year – Hometown – Program
Offence

QB – Will Finch – Western – 4 – Burlington, Ont. – Social Science
RB – Dillon Campbell – Laurier – 5 – Whitby, Ont. – Kinesiology & PE
FB – Tom Marshall – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – Social Science
REC – Danny Vandervoort – McMaser – 3 – Barrie, Ont. – Sociology
REC – Ian Stewart – Ottawa – 5 – Burlington, Ont. – Finance
REC – Jacob Scarfone – Guelph – 3 – London, Ont. – Marketing Management
REC – Nathaniel Behar – Carleton – 3 – London, Ont. – Communications
C – Matt Van Praet – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – Kinesiology
T – Matthew Toppan – Guelph – 4 – Oakville, Ont. – Sociology
T – Eddie Meredith – Western – 3 – Toronto, Ont. – Social Sciences
G – Zach Intzandt – McMaster – 4 – London, Ont. – Justice, Political Philosophy & Law
G – Sean Jamieson – Western – 4 – Winnipeg, Man. – Kinesiology

Defence
DT – Rupert Butcher – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – Huron College
DT – Asante Mizan – Laurier – 5 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Philosophy
DE – Kwaku Boateng – Laurier – 3 – Milton, Ont. – Business

DE – Mike Kashak – McMaster – 4 – Courtice, Ont. – Labour Studies & Political Science
LB – John Rush – Guelph – 5 – Niagara Falls, Ont. – Marketing Management
LB – Jake Heathcote – McMaster – 2 – Aldergrove, B.C. – Commerce
SAM – Matt Gayer – Windsor – 3 – Leamington, Ont. – Criminology
FS – Jesse McNair – Western – 3 – London, Ont. – BMOS
HB – Nick Parisotto – Guelph – 2 – Guelph, Ont. – Leadership and Organizational Management
HB – Nathaniel Hamlin – Carleton – 3 – Ottawa, Ont. – Communications
CB – Godfrey Onyeka – Laurier – 2 – Brampton, Ont. – Health Sciences
CB – Josh Woodman – Western – 3 – Chatham, Ont. – Social Sciences

Special Teams
P – TJ Morton – Toronto – 3 – Elkton, Md. – Communications
K – Gabriel Ferraro – Guelph – 2 – Mississauga, Ont. – Undeclared
RET – Tunde Adeleke – Carleton – 3 – Ottawa, Ont. – Economics
RUSH – Keith Graham – Carleton – 3 – Halifax, NS. – Psychology

SECOND TEAM
Offence

QB – Asher Hastings – McMaster – 3 – Regina , SK. – Psychology
QB – Derek Wendel – Ottawa – 4 – Belleville, Ont. – Human Kinetics
RB – Alex Taylor – Western – 2 – Winnipeg, Man. – Kinesiology
FB – Stefano Napolitano – Carleton – 3 – Stittsville, Ont. – Criminology
REC – Dan Petermann – McMaster – 2 – Stoney Creek, Ont. – Humanities
REC – Doug Corby – Queen’s – 4 – Burlington, Ont. – Arts & Science
REC – George Johnson – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – King’s College
REC – Kurleigh Gittens Jr. – Laurier – 1 – Ottawa, Ont. – Sociology
C – Matthew Nesbitt – Guelph – 5 – London, Ont. – Human Kinetics
T – Kadeem Adams – Western – 4 – Halifax, NS. – Social Science
T – Sean Smith – McMaster – 5 – St. Andrews West, Ont. – Continuing – Social Sciences
G – Andrew Pickett – Guelph – 2 – Kitchener, Ont. – Human Kinetics
G – KC Bakker – Carleton – 2 – London, Ont. – Criminology

Defence
DT – Donnie Egerter – Guelph – 4 – Niagara Falls, Ont. – Sociology
DT – Kevin Aleinik – McMaster – 5 – Lancaster, Ont. – Kinesiology
DE – John Biewald – Western – 4 – Ottawa, Ont. – Social Science
DE – Mark Mackie – McMaster – 3 – London, Ont. – Kinesiology
LB – Curtis Newton – Guelph – 4 – London, Ont. – Sociology
LB – Nakas Onyeka – Laurier – 3 – Brampton, Ont. – Communications
SAM – Guillaume Caron – Carleton – 1 – Saint-Joseph-Du-Lac, Que. – Criminology
FS – Tristan Doughlin – Guelph – 4 – Toronto, Ont. – Arts
HB – Malcolm Thompson – Laurier – 2 – Windsor, Ont. – Sociology
HB – Malcolm Brown – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – King’s College
CB – Robbie Yochim – McMaster – 1 – Kelowna, BC – Social Sciences
CB – D’Sean Thelwell – Carleton – 3 – London, Ont. – Communications

Special Teams
P – Dillon Wamsley – Queen’s – 4 – London, Ont. – Arts & Science
K – Michael Domagala – Carleton – 3 – St. Catharines, Ont. – Criminology & Criminal Justice
RET – Ryan Nieuwesteeg – Guelph – 4 – Niagara Falls, Ont. – Sociology
RUSH – Mitch O’Connor – McMaster – 2 – Kingston, Ont. – Sociology

– with files from the OUA

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