Laurier Football Update – October 2020

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This newsletter is brought to you by our great friends and the best movers AMJ Campbell.

We trust that you and your families are all still doing well this fall and that you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend earlier this month. Amazingly this weekend Saturday, October 24th would have been the Battle of Waterloo and the eighth and final game of the regular season.

From a team standpoint we are excited to say that we are in week three of being back on the field for some group practices. These by no means are your typical practices with 100 players, 25 staff members, equipment and some contact – these practices are without equipment, facemasks are worn and the team is divided into 30-person maximum pods. That being said, after the previous 6-7 months that we have all gone through it feels amazing for coaches and players to get out there and run around.

Golden Hawk Hall of Fame for star Running Back Dillon Campbell

Dillon Campbell was one of seven inductees into the Laurier Golden Hawks Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend in late September. Dillon is the humblest superstar we have ever had the privilege to coach. Not only was he an OUA All-Star, U Sports All-Canadian, Laurier’s All-Time Leading Rusher and 2014 OUA MVP, but he was also loved by every single teammate and coach for how he carried himself on and off the field.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         #BloodBattle Laurier vs. Waterloo

o   Saturday, October 24th would have been the #BattleOfWaterloo on the field and we all know that the game won’t be played, so we have entered into an even more important competition and that is #BloodBattle.

o   The two great Universities will compete to see who can donate more blood and at Laurier many of our coaches and players have already donating.

o   Please consider donating yourself by registering at www.blood.ca and use the code: WILF001529 to count towards the Laurier total in the competition.

         QB Connor Irwin-Lewis – Academic Mentor

o   Congratulations to Connor who is one of three athletes at Laurier who will be an academic mentor this year in the Athlete Academic Success Program.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10723

·         Great article on LB Tommy Bringi

o   Tommy Bringi fueled by family, faith and teammates https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10737

·         Talks with Hawks

o   Staff Member Dave Morrissey continues to put together terrific articles in his Talk with Hawks features.

o   22 great interviews completed. See the list of interviews below and to view them all go here: https://laurierfootball.com/talks-with-hawks/

1) Scott Hutter
2) Chris Ackie
3) Dave Montoya
4) Rohan Thompson
5) Chris Vlowianitis
6) Kickers Roundtable
7) Stacey Coray
8) Tim Bisci
9) Ese Mrabure-Ajufo
10) Chris Reddy & Matt Fischer
11) Bizarre Plays
12) Hugh Lawson
13) Superstitions
14) Agro Brothers
15) 2019 Season
16) Anthony Maggiacomo
17) Ken Evraire
18) Ryan Pyear
19) Dillon Campbell
20) Andre Talbot
21) Shamawd Chambers
22) Coach Tom Arnott 

·         Laurier Football “Chalk Talk Podcast”

o   Thank you to one of our players, Full Back Liam Spencer, who has put together a great biweekly podcastand graphic artist Defensive End Alfred Green.

o   To listen to any of the first 6 podcasts:https://laurierfootball.com/podcast/

  Pro Player Graphics

o   Current Defensive Lineman Alfred Green is doing some very impressive pro players graphics. He has started with two great defensive standouts: DE Kwaku Boateng & LB Nakas Onyeka.

·         2021 Recruiting Class

o   We have had a great start to our 2021 recruiting class and seven outstanding student athletes have committed:

1.       WR Layomi Ojutalayo – Brampton, ON

2.       WR Ryan Speight – Brantford, ON

3.       OL Tyler Potvin – Milton, ON

4.       WR Jake Bennett – Burlington, ON

5.       WR Tyler Lutz – Burlington, ON

6.       LB Jayden Griffiths – Mississauga, ON

7.       LB Demarco Lawrence – Hamilton, ON

o   Stay tuned as we are very close with several other outstanding young men and we are hopeful that they will make the decision that Laurier is where they want to be a student athlete. https://laurierfootball.com/class-of-2021/

That is all for now – until next time,

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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