PREVIEW: Laurier battles McGill in preseason play

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Photo: Jeff Hutter

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

FAN INFORMATION
Game Date/Time:
 Friday, August 17 – 6:30 p.m.
Game Location: Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Montreal
Webcast: McGill Sports Network

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-Time Record vs McGill (0-0)
– Laurier and McGill meet for the first time ever on Friday night
– the contest marks the third straight season that Laurier has faced an RSEQ opponent in exhibition play

TEAMS AT A GLANCE
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
2017 conference record – 6-2 (2nd OUA)

– the Hawks will send a roster of 65 players out onto the field Friday night as they continue to evaluate their roster
– Laurier fans will see plenty of new faces in the lineup on both sides of the football
– Tristan Arndt will get the start at QB for the purple and gold
– the Hawks have plenty of youth at linebacker and will give long looks to the 11 linebackers dressed for the game
– one true freshman is expected to get the start as receiver Esson Hamilton will line up at slot back for the Hawks

McGill Redmen
2017 conference record – 1-7 (5th RSEQ)

– After missing the RSEQ playoffs last season, the Redmen will be looking for a fresh start to their season on Friday night
– the Redmen return both of their quarterbacks who saw action last season in Frederic Paquette-Perrault and Dimitrios Sinodinos
– a young team in 2017, expect the Redmen to also feature top playmakers in running back Daniel Adesegun and receiver Jeremy Sauvageau on offence as well as linebacker Dane Wagner and defensive back Vincent Dethier on defence

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

OFFENCE
REC Ente Eguavoen (Oakville, Ont.)
– entering his third season with the Hawks, expect the speedy receiver to feature more regularly in the Hawks’ offence with the departures of Carson Ouellette and Daniel Bennett

DEFENCE
DB Will Amoah (Kitchener, Ont.)
– with holes to fill in the defensive secondary after 2017 starters Godfrey Onyeka and Isaiah Guzylak-Messam were drafted to the CFL, Amoah will get the start on Friday as he looks to make a case for a starting role this season

McGill Redmen

OFFENCE
RB Daniel Adesegun (Calgary)
– diminutive running back was one of the few bright spots for McGill in a tough season last year as he rushed for 292 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry

DEFENCE
DB Vincent Dethier (Boisbriand, Que.)
– a playmaker in the Redmen’s secondary, Dethier led the team in solo tackles with 31 in 2017 while also tying to the team lead in interceptions with two

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