BURLINGTON, ON – Nathan McLean, a kicker/punter with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team, was named an OUA All-Rookie on Tuesday as the conference announced the 2016 OUA Football All-Rookies.
McLean, a native of Kitchener, Ont., had a very strong first season with the purple and gold as he served as the Hawks primary kickoff specialist while also filling in when starter Nathan Mesher of Waterloo, Ont., was lost for the second half of the season due to injury.
Serving as the Hawks kickoff specialist for much of the year, the St. Mary’s HS grad averaged 55.2 yards per kickoff as he set a new school record for kickoff yards in a season with 2651, breaking the old mark of 2513 set by Nathan Hawkes in 2010.
McLean also finished the year averaging 32.6 yards per punt on 27 attempts and connected on four of his eight field goal attempts.
McLean becomes the 10th Golden Hawk to be named an OUA All-Rookie since the award was introduced by the league in 2013.
2016 OUA ALL-ROOKIES
HB Josh Earle (Ottawa, Ont.) – Carleton
LB Jack Cassar (Missisauga, Ont.) – Carleton
RB Nathan Carter (Ottawa, Ont.) – Carleton
OL Patrick Spelman (Burlington, Ont.) – Ottawa
OL Piriyanthan Sinnathurai (Saint-Laurent, Que.) – Ottawa
DL Tremayne Clark-Steven – Ottawa
OL Josh Mosley (Port Colborne, Ont.) – Queen’s
DL Cam Lawson (Caledon, Ont.) – Queen’s
LB Dominic Ciraco (Burlington, Ont.) – Queen’s
DB Jamal Johnson (Toronto, Ont.) – Toronto
DL Mekhi Henry (Brampton, Ont.) – Toronto
FB Conner Lindeman (Scarborough, Ont.) – Toronto
DB Kurtis Gray (Waterloo, Ont.) – Waterloo
REC Tyler Ternowski (Hamilton, Ont.) – Waterloo
OL Jake Nesbitt (Ottawa, Ont) – Waterloo
OL Matthew Bettencourt (London, Ont.) – Western
LB Chris Ellis (Vancouver, BC) – Western
REC Kian Schaffer-Baker (Mississauga, Ont.) – Guelph
OL Coulter Woodmansey (Toronto, Ont.) – Guelph
DE Rossini Sandjong-Djabome (Longueuil, Que.) – York
DT Skye King (Calgary, Alta.) – York
P/K Nathan McLean (Kitchener, Ont.) – Laurier
P/K Adam Preocanin (Burlington, Ont.) – McMaster
LB Daniel Metcalfe (Kingsville, Ont.) – Windsor