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Laura O’Toole
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were selected in the 2017 CFL Canadian Draft on Sunday night.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton Ont., was the first Golden Hawk to have his name called out during the draft. Onyeka was chosen 36th overall in the fifth round by the Toronto Argonauts, and was the fifth linebacker selected in the 2017 draft. Coming off his best season yet, the communications major shone in 2016 as he was the OUA President’s Award recipient, as well as an OUA First Team All-Star and U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian.

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Going through the 2017 draft I find it’s always best to look backwards before looking forwards so with two days until the CFL draft I took a look at the quality and quantity of USPORTS players drafted by the Canadian Football League since 1985.

 I weighed the average draft pick of each institution to see quality of athlete. While this obviously says nothing about the quality of the player during their supposed CFL career it does tell you something about their evaluation and generally speaking the quality of the program. I understand these numbers are skewed by variables such as players getting drafted far below their talent level due to NFL interest or injury concerns which might have little to no impact on the player once drafted, but it’s still informative to realize those variables have a comparatively small effect on the overall question of quantity vs. quality.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

The Laurier Football Dinner on Friday evening at Bingemans was a success. Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and setup. A special thanks to Andy Baechler who emceed and to Mark Lee & Justin Dunk for being a part of our Yates Cup Recap round-table.

The event raised over $40,000 for our football program. Here is a great article on the event including a video recap: https://laurierfootball.com/2017/05/03/golden-hawks-football-dinner-raises-40000/

At the dinner, we were thrilled to unveil a new fundraising initiative called the “Legacy Fund”. The Legacy Fund will allow us to have sustained success and ensure that our Golden Hawk football program is year after year an elite, upper echelon team in the country. Please click here for all the details and a video explaining it further.

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WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football team announced on Wednesday that offensive line coach Irv Daymond has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him remain on the coaching staff through the 2021 season.

Daymond, who has been a member of the Golden Hawks coaching staff since 2013, has overseen a complete rebuild of Laurier’s offensive line over the last four years, and culminated with them leading the way for the top rushing offence in the nation in 2016.

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WATERLOO, ON – Peter Baxter, the director of athletics and recreation at Wilfrid Laurier University, announced on Tuesday that he has re-signed men’s football associate head coach and defensive coordinator Ron VanMoerkerke to a five-year contract extension.

VanMoerkerke, who has been on the Golden Hawks coaching staff for the last 17 seasons, and also holds the role of defensive line coach, will remain a part of head coach Michael Faulds’ staff through the 2021 season.

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TORONTO (U SPORTS) – Geoff Gray, an offensive lineman from the University of Manitoba, is the top-ranked U SPORTS player on the third and final prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the league’s 2017 Canadian Draft.

In total, 13 U SPORTS standouts cracked the rankings unveiled on Thursday – matching the Dec. 8 total – including four in the Top 10.

Gray was listed at No. 11 in the initial rankings published back in September before moving up to No. 5 in December. In his fourth campaign with the Bisons last fall, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound guard from Winnipeg was named a Canada West all-star, the conference’s most outstanding down lineman, a national nominee for the J.P. Metras Trophy and a First Team All-Canadian. After starting all eight league games for Manitoba, the engineering student was one of two players selected to represent Canadian university football at the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in Florida, in January.

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Our off-season practices are officially over and the team is busy studying for and writing their final exams. Over the last three-and-a-half months, we have had 20 off-season practices; 10 indoors and 10 outdoors. They have included three against other teams: the Western Mustangs, Guelph Gryphons and Waterloo Warriors.

We are extremely proud of the body of work that we put in every off-season and this year was definitely our best to date.

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, Ont. (April 3, 2017) – Men’s football linebacker Nakas Onyeka and women’s swimmer Jasmine Raines were named the recipients of the 2016-17 President’s Award as the Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted their annual athletic banquet on Monday evening at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex.

The President’s Award, which was one of 11 major awards handed out at the banquet, is awarded annually to the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female athlete over the past year.

Onyeka, a native of Brampton, Ont., was the heart of the football team’s defence this past season that led the country in sacks and defensive touchdowns, and was also in the Top 5 in points allowed, interceptions and fumbles recovered. The fourth year communication studies major finished the season first in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) in solo tackles with 51 while ranking fourth in total tackles (59.5) and sacks (5.5) en route to capturing the conference’s President’s Award as the Top Stand-Up Defensive Player. The U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian and OUA First Team All-Star went on to add 17 total tackles, a half sack and a knockdown in the playoffs and was instrumental in the Hawks come-from-behind victory in the 109th Yates Cup, forcing a key fumble late in the fourth quarter.

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

REGINA, ON – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team put forwarded their best efforts this past weekend at the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) National Combine in Saskatchewan as they made one last impression on league scouts ahead of the CFL Draft in May.

Defensive linemen Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., the top-ranked prospect in attendance, and Jalen Price of Hamilton, along with linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., all put on great performances in both the individual tests as well as the 1-on-1 on-field sessions.

For Boateng, who entered the combine as the sixth-ranked prospect in the latest scouting rankings, he put up a time of 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash, as well as a very strong 33.5 inch vertical. He carried that performance onto the field where, despite having the spotlight shining brightly on him, made his presence felt.

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Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, Ont. (March 20, 2017) – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team will be looking to make one last impression on Canadian Football League (CFL) teams ahead of the CFL Draft as they head to Regina this week for the 2017 National CFL Combine presented by adidas.

Defensive linemen Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., and Jalen Price of Hamilton, along with linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., will take part in the three-day combine from March 23-25 at Evraz Place in Saskatchewan as a part of CFL Week festivities.

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