Laurier Football Update – February 2021

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 and staying safe and healthy! Since returning from the Holiday Season up until this week, which is Reading Week, we have tried to have more structure and keep our Student Athletes busier. They have had three great virtual workouts a week from strength coach Jesse Collins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On top of the workouts we have had Team Meetings every Monday, Offensive & Defensive Meetings on Tuesdays and some positional meetings throughout the rest of the week. 

As part of our weekly Team Meetings we have added a great Alumni Guest Speaker portion. The fantastic Alumni listed below have come on to our team zoom meetings and spoke to the group and shared their stories and wisdom. This has definitely become the highlight of everyone’s week.

DateSpeakerTopic
1Oct 21, 2020Courtney StephenMoney Matters
2Nov 16, 2020Ian TroopLeadership 101
3Dec 2, 2020 Rohan ThompsonSocial Justice
4Jan 11, 2021Andrew AgroProfessionalism
5Jan 18, 2021Ken EvraireMoments
6Jan 25, 2021Donnie RuizYour Vision Needs More Grit
7Feb 1, 2021 Hugh LawsonBeing a Great Communicator
8Feb 8, 2021Pete IzzioTrue Wealth – Cultivating Your Network

Outside of football our players continue to have all of their classes online in the virtual world. We are very proud of how they have adjusted to this way of learning and amazingly our Fall GPA was a full ½ GPA grade higher, as compared to the previous year when classes were in person.

Next week the players will return to a little bit different football experience, as Waterloo Region has entered into the Red Category for Covid-19. This category allows groups of 10 indoors and groups of 25 outdoors. Let’s all cross our fingers that case number continue to decrease and that we get a bit warmer weather to start to melt the mountain of snow at University Stadium.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         Laurier Football Coaches Clinic

o   We are excited to announce that on Saturday, March 27th we are having a virtual coaches’ clinic. If you know of any club or high school level coaches interested please send them this link: https://www.laurierathletics.com/ecommerce/index.php?CatID=115

·         Bryce Bell on the CFL Top 20 List

o   Congratulations to Offensive Lineman Bryce Bell who is on the CFL’s Top 20 List of prospects as we head into the 2021 CFL Draft.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10772

·         Laurier Grad Soars – Jeff Carefoote

o   Fantastic article by David Grossman on Laurier Football alumni and great supporter of Laurier Athletics Jeff Carefoote.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10770

·         CFL Signings

o   Many very familiar Laurier Football names have recently signed with CFL teams for the 2021 season and there might be a few more in the coming months.

o   Fingers crossed we have CFL football back on this summer, so we can watch all of these former Hawks!

Ronnie Pfeffer – Calgary Stampeders

Chris Ackie – Montreal Alouettes

Godfrey Onyeka – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Isaiah Guzylak-Messam – BC Lions

Brad Cowan – Ottawa Redblacks

Tanner Cadwallader – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Zach Houghron – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Scott Hutter – Edmonton Football Team

Kurleigh Gittens Jr – Toronto Argonauts

Courtney Stephen – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Kwaku Boateng – Edmonton Football Team

Nakas Onyeka – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Mario Villamizar – BC Lions

·         2021 Recruiting Class

o   Amazingly our 2021 recruiting class is complete and has been for several weeks now. With no summer football or high school football in 2020, recruits definitely made their decision earlier this year.

o   We couldn’t be more pleased with the 26 names listed below. We were able to check off all of our needs and these student athletes are already taking part in our offseason virtual meetings.

o   A big shout out to Recruiting Coordinator Vince Flamia and the rest of the staff for their tireless efforts in putting this impressive group together.

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.       DE/LB Demarco Lawrence – Hamilton, ON

8.       OL Jordan Sye – Port Coquitlam, BC

9.       DB Tristan Miller – Milton, ON

10.   DB Davies Mitchell – Chilliwack, BC

11.   LB Alex Provan – Burlington, ON

12.   DL Gabriel Burke-Burfoot – Kingston, ON

13.   DB Justin Cummings – Brampton, ON

14.   LB Ethan Rabiner – North Vancouver, BC

15.   K/P Tyeson Hunt – Kingston, ON

16.   RB Mason Watson – Newmarket, ON

17.   FB Marcus Tenney – Barrie, ON

18.   ATH Jeremiah Toussaint-Ferguson – Waterloo, ON

19.   OL Daniel Crowe – Hamilton, ON

20.   OL Brendan Mason – Courtice, ON

21.   DL Jamari Powell – Toronto, ON

22.   DL Dillon Todd – Grimsby, ON

23.   FB Sebastian Parsalidis – Toronto, ON

24.   LB Kain Brown –  Brampton, ON

25.   DB Chris Tshikuna – Hamilton, ON

26.   OL Max Harris – Pickering, ON

·         Talks with Hawks

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

o   29 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
23) Sukhneet Kahlon
24) The King City 4
25) Josh & Jesse Alexander
26) Kojo Millington
27) Jamie Lalonde
28) Respect
29) Levondre Gordon 

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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