WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks announced today the football players of the week following their 54-3 win over Toronto Varsity Blues on Thursday night. The athletes recognized include quarterback Michael Knevel on offence, defensive back Malcolm Thompson of defence, and returner Kurleigh Gittens Jr on special teams.
The Laurier Football Players of the Game are recognized at the Quarterback Club luncheon in the Hawk’s Nest every Thursday and will run from noon to 1 p.m. on October 13th this week.
Knevel, a fourth year quarterback playing his first season in purple and gold, has been a driving force behind Laurier’s run of success. As starting QB for the last three games, the Brantford, Ont., native has been praised for his patience and distribution on the field, qualities that were unmistakable in Thursday’s game against Toronto. During the contest, the Geography major recorded 288 passing yards and three touchdowns,leaving him tied for fifth in the conference in passing touchdowns this season with eight.
Furthermore, Thompson, a third year Sociology major from Windsor Ont., goes down in Golden Hawk history thanks to his his second interception of the night, which Thompson returned 110 yards for a touchdown. Not only does this mark the longest return in school history, but as this was his second of the season, Thompson also tied the school record for most interception returns for a touchdown. He would add another interception in the game, giving him three on the year, as well as added 4.5 tackles.
For two consecutive weeks, Gittens Jr of Ottawa Ont., has been recognized for his talent on special teams. It can be said that on Thursday night, the second year receiver/returner played the best game of his Laurier career thus far. Throughout the game, not only did the OUA Second Team All-Star have 241 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, but he also made four catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Furthermore, the Sociology major would also add five punt returns for 129 yards, one of which was returned 92 yards to open the scoring. He now ranks second in the conference in punt return yards with 271, despite only returning punts for the purple and gold during their last two games.
The Laurier Football Players of the Week are presented by OneCard and the Laurier Bookstore.