BURLINGTON, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier Laurier Golden Hawks announced today the football players of the week following the Golden Hawks loss in the Uteck Bowl to the Laval Rouge et Or. The athletes recognized include receiver Brentyn Hall on offence and defensive back/cover Godfrey Onyeka on both defence and special teams.
Both Hall and Onyeka were also named the OUA Players of the Week.
Hall, a native of Toronto, is the offensive player of the week following a strong performance in the U Sports Uteck Bowl on Saturday. The second year business major had five receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in Laurier’s 36-6 loss to the No. 1 ranked Laval Rouge et Or. With time winding down, Hall hauled in a 26 yard pass from Laurier quarterback Michael Knevel to spoil Laval’s shutout bid.
In his rookie season, the 6-2, 210 lbs receiver appeared in all eight regular season games for the Golden Hawks and led the OUA averaging 23.3 yards per catch. He also finished inside the top 10 with 558 receiving yards.
Onyeka has been recognized as the defensive player of the week after another solid game for the purple and gold. The third year biology major had 4.5 tackles in the Golden Hawks 36-6 defeat at the hands of the powerhouse Rouge et Or.
Despite the outcome Saturday, it was another strong year for the Brampton, Ont. native after he finished second on the Golden Hawks with 40.5 tackles and four interceptions on his way to being named an OUA first-team all-star for a second straight season.
Not only was Onyeka honoured for his defensive contributions but he has also been named the special teams player of the week. A CIS first-team all-Canadian a season ago, he had a special teams tackle and a fumble recovery in Saturday’s loss. With under 10 minutes to play in the game, Onyeka recovered a fumble by Laval’s Antony Dufour to give the Golden Hawks back the ball inside Rouge et Or territory.
The Laurier Football Players of the Week are presented by OneCard and the Laurier Bookstore.