QUEBEC CITY, QC – For the second straight season, three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team have been honoured as All-Canadians as Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced their major award winners and All-Candians at the Sun Life All-Canadian Banquet presented by Mallette on Thursday.
Running back Dillon Campbell of Whitby, Ont., and defensive back Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., were named to the first team while defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., was named to the second team.
Campbell, who was named a First Team All-Canadian for the second consecutive year, led the nation in rushing yards for the second year in a row. The 5-8, 205 lbs. back posted 1115 yards on the ground on 186 attempts while adding five touchdowns. In the process, he became the Golden Hawks all-time rushing leader as he finished his career with 3,568 yards, breaking a 25-year old mark that was previously held by Andy Cecchini.
The fifth year kinesiology and physical education major also added 15 catches for 208 yards to finish the year with 1323 all-purpose yards.
Perhaps Campbell’s most impressive statistic from the 2015 season was that he did not fumble the ball once on his 186 carries, and finishes his Laurier career with only five fumbles on 547 carries.
By earning his second nod as a CIS First Team All-Canadian, Campbell becomes the first Golden Hawk since Ian Logan in 2004 and 2005 to earn first team recognition in consecutive seasons while also becoming the 11th player in team history to be named to the first team multiple times in their career.
On the defensive side of the ball, Onyeka, a second year defensive back, is an All-Canadian for the first time in his career. The health sciences major, who is one of two players on the first team roster to be in their first or second year of eligibility, finished the season with an impressive 25 solo tackles and total 29.5 for the year. He also recorded the first sack of his Laurier career while recording an interception and two pass breakups.
Onyeka gives the purple and gold a First Team All-Canadian at defensive back for the second consecutive year, following in the footsteps of Chris Ackie who was recognized in 2014.
Boateng joins his fellow defensive batterymate Onyeka in earning All-Canadian honours for the first time, being named to the second team and giving Laurier’s fourth-ranked defence in the OUA two All-Canadians.
A third year business major, Boateng was also a finalist for the J.P. Metras award after finishing the 2015 season with 18 total tackles and four sacks. His most impressive stat, however, was his nine tackles for a loss which ranked him tied for ninth in the country.
In just three seasons with the Hawks, Boateng has now recorded 14 sacks, ranking him tied for fourth in team history, and he trails all-time leader Eric Schwab by just 3.5 sacks heading into his fourth year with the purple and gold.
2015 CIS FOOTBALL ALL-CANADIANS
Pos. Athlete University Year Hometown Academic Program
QB Andrew Buckley Calgary 5 Calgary, Alta. Kinesiology
RB Dillon Campbell Laurier 5 Whitby, Ont. Kin. / Phys. Ed.
RB Mercer Timmis Calgary 4 Burlington, Ont. Haskayne Business
IR Mitch Hillis Saskatchewan 3 Saskatoon, Sask. Kinesiology
IR Ian Stewart Ottawa 5 Burlington, Ont. Commerce-Finance
WR Rashaun Simonise Calgary 3 Vancouver, B.C. Arts
WR Danny Vandervoort McMaster 3 Barrie, Ont. Sociology
C Sean McEwen Calgary 5 Calgary, Alta. Science
T Braden Schram Calgary 3 Manning, Alta. Arts
T Jason Lauzon-Séguin Laval 4 Pte. Claire, Que. Social Studies
G Charles Vaillancourt Laval 4 Coaticook, Que. Business Admin.
G Sean Jamieson Western 4 Winnipeg, Man. Kinesiology
DT David Onyemata Manitoba 4 Lagos, Nigeria Arts
DT Samuel Narkaj Concordia 3 Toronto, Ont. Urban Studies
DE Mathieu Betts Laval 1 Montreal, Que. Phys. Ed. & Health
DE Jesse St. James Acadia 4 Pincourt, Que. Business Admin.
LB John Rush Guelph 5 Niagara Falls, Ont. Marketing Management
LB Drew Morris Acadia 5 Ottawa, Ont. Business Admin.
LB Doctor Cassama Calgary 5 Kristianstad, Sweden Open Studies
FS Jesse McNair Western 3 London, Ont. Man. & Org. Studies
DB Robert Woodson Calgary 3 Calgary, Alta. Arts
DB Maïko Zepeda Montreal 4 LaSalle, Que. Industrial Relations
CB Godfrey Onyeka Laurier 2 Brampton, Ont. Health Sciences
CB Adam Laurensse Calgary 3 Sherwood Park, Alta. Arts
P Quinn van Gylswyk UBC 3 Victoria, B.C. Arts
K Johnny Mark Calgary 5 Peterborough, Ont. Science
RET Tunde Adeleke Carleton 3 Ottawa, Ont. Communications
QB Will Finch Western 4 Burlington, Ont. Social Sciences
RB Alex Taylor Western 2 Winnipeg, Man. Kinesiology
RB Ashton Dickson StFX 5 Ottawa, Ont. Arts
IR Brian Jones Acadia 4 Enfield, N.S. Science
IR Jimmy Ralph Alberta 3 Raymond, Alta. Education
WR Yanic Lessard Concordia 1 Ste. Julie, Que. Economics
WR Jacob Scarfone Guelph 3 London, Ont. Economics & Finance
C Matthew Van Praet Western 3 London, Ont. Kinesiology
T Edmund Merdith Western 4 Toronto, Ont. Social Sciences
T Vernon Sainvil StFX 3 Malden, Maine Arts
G Darius Ciraco Calgary 2 Burlington, Ont. Haskayne Business
G Philippe Gagnon Laval 4 L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que. Tox. Studies
DT Donovan Dale Saskatchewan 4 Saskatoon, Sask. Kinesiology
DT Adam Melanson Acadia 3 Kentville, N.S. Arts
DE Kwaku Boateng Laurier 3 Milton, Ont. Business
DE Jonathan Boissonneault-Glaou Montreal 2 Quebec City, Que. Mechanical Engineering
LB Shayne Gauthier Laval 4 Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que. Entrep. & Management
LB Jake Heathcote McMaster 2 Aldergrove, B.C. Commerce
LB Micah Teitz Calgary 2 Calgary, Alta. Arts
FS Kwame Adjei Mount Allison 5 Brampton, Ont. Sociology
DB Nicholas Parisotto Guelph 2 Guelph, Ont. CLOM
DB Mikaël Charland Concordia 4 Gatineau, Que. Human Environment
CB Alex Hovington Laval 4 Montreal, Que. Management
CB Devante Sampson Mount Allison 3 Mississauga, Ont. Sociology
P Félix Ménard-Brière Montreal 3 Ste. Agathe-des-Monts, Que. Architecture
K Gabriel Ferraro Guelph 2 Mississauga, Ont. CLOM
RET Jamel Lyles Manitoba 1 Surrey, B.C. Undeclared