Photo: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record

Josh Brown
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — Mike Knevel is more than ready.

The Brantford native has been waiting for this football season since he arrived at Wilfrid Laurier University four years ago.

It has been a long haul for the quarterback.

Back in 2013, the rookie watched patiently while other prospects climbed the ladder with the Golden Hawks.

Then, just as he was set to make his mark as a sophomore, he suffered a broken wrist and dealt with the emotional anguish that followed when doctors told him he may never throw a football again.

Now, in his fifth year at Laurier, Knevel will begin the season as the starting pivot at University Stadium for the first time.


20170813 - Laurier Football Camp 2017_-306Josh Brown
Waterloo Region Record 

WATERLOO — It’s hunting season on the gridiron in Waterloo Region.

And football teams at Laurier and the University of Waterloo can feel the targets on their backs.

Of course the added attention comes for very different reasons.

As defending Yates Cup champions, the Golden Hawks are the team to beat; while the Warriors are considered an easy mark by some after posting back-to-back winless seasons.

But both clubs are embracing the challenge.

“Everyone is going to circle Laurier on their schedule and we’re going to get everyone’s best effort,” said Golden Hawks coach Michael Faulds, whose squad is coming off an impressive 7-1 campaign.

“We respect that. We put the most pressure on ourselves. I tell the guys flat out that we expect and need to win a Vanier Cup. That puts a bull’s eye on them.”


20170811 - Laurier Football Camp 2017_-39David Grossman

WATERLOO, ON – David Grossman, veteran award-winning journalst, takes us inside the mind of Laurier football’s  Head Coach, Michael Faulds.

People familiar with Canada’s university football scene may be astounded by the surge of success, in recent years, that has occurred at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The Golden Hawks are on the pedestal climbing to National supremacy – and that rise didn’t happen over night.