Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

CFL Combine season is upon us and we have eight Laurier Football players taking part in the CFL Combines this year.

In the National Combine being held in Regina, Saskatchewan from March 23rd – 25th, linebacker Nakas Onyeka, defensive end Kwaku Boateng and defensive tackle Jalen Price will be taking part.

The Regional Combine in Toronto is this Friday and will feature five Hawks: receiver Marcus Arkarakas, linebacker Brandon Calver, defensive back Taylor Calverley and offensive linemen Brett Golding and Chris Reddy. Read the full story HERE.


Photo: Victoria Panacci

Daniel Johnson
The Cord

On the biggest stage of Michael Knevel’s career, Laurier took over the ball, down 21 points in the championship game against a bitter rival — the Western Mustangs. No easy task.

It takes a level head to make 11 other men believe that a win is possible. It took a level head to spoil Carleton’s homecoming and it took the same tactic to sit patiently for four years and wait for his opportunity to lead the Laurier Golden Hawks to the Yates Cup.

Finally taking over the starting job after four years of waiting, Knevel was poised to thrive in a familiar offence.

“I waited a long time. Obviously, four years and it felt really good to get out there and I was really confident going in, even my first, game because I had been preparing for four years, so it was a good feeling to finally take over the starting job,” the quarterback said.


tesoro_rooneyLaurier Football is very excited to announce the commitment of two very solid defensive prospects to the 2017 Recruiting Class. Defensive end/fullback Damian Tesoro and linebacker Mitch Rooney are teammates with both the Hamilton Jr. Ticats and Waterdown District High School.

Tesoro, a 6’3″, 235lb two-way threat, will ultimately make a decision on whether to join Laurier’s vaunted defense or look to make big plays as a part of the Hawks emerging offense.


ouaawardsJamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics 

BURLINGTON, ON – The accolades for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team continued to roll in on Thursday as two members of the team were recipients of OUA Major Awards as announced at a press conference at the Holiday Inn Burlington.

Nakas Onyeka, a fourth year linebacker from Brampton, Ont., took home the OUA President’s Award as the top stand-up defensive player in the conference while head coach Michael Faulds was recognized as the Coach of the Year.



Laura O’Toole
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks announced today the football players of the week following their 27-25 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Friday afternoon. The athletes recognized include running back Levondre Gordon on offence, linebacker Nakas Onyeka of defense, and returner Darian Waite on special teams.

The Laurier Football Players of the Game are recognized at the Quarterback Club luncheon in the Hawk’s Nest every Thursday and will run from noon to 1 p.m. on October 20th this week.

While Brad Katsuyama (BBA 2001) continues to get a lot of time in the spotlight, it’s the moments spent under stadium floodlights that provide some of his most cherished memories.

Since being featured in Michael Lewis’ bestselling book “Flash Boys” and co-founding IEX (a US stock market dedicated to investor protection), Katsuyama has been in high demand. Fortunately for the Laurier community, he made a return visit to Waterloo on May 5th to share his story. He was also honoured with the “Alumnus of the Year Award” by the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association.

In between, he reflected on his career wearing the purple and gold on the football field.


jalen price
Laurier DL Jalen Price was named the West Defensive Player of the Week in the lead up to the East-West Bowl game last week.

Jamie Howieson, Laurier Athletics

MONTREAL (May 16, 2016) – Four members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team played critical roles in helping the West prevail 29-14 over the East in the 14th annual CIS East-West Bowl at McGill University’s Percival Molson Memorial Stadium this past Saturday, May 14.


Laurier’s four players, all on the defensive side of the ball, helped limit the East to just 295 yards of total offence, compared to the 472 posted by the West.


Arman Aryapour
The Cord

Sunday August 14th marks the debut of training camp for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team.

And on their calendars is a highly anticipated matchup with the Montreal Carabins on August 20 for a preseason matchup.

Last year, the Hawks played the University of Saskatchewan Huskies as part of their preseason schedule, limited a 50-player roster and jet lag. While the two teams have yet to face one another in the 14 years that the Carabins have had a football program, the Hawks show plenty of promise. The 2015 Vanier Cup finalists will be challenged on their home turf, but they hold a 36-12 home record since the 2004-05 season.


Austin Reusch

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Good luck to defensive back Austin Reusch who will take part in the CFL Regional Combine Thursday, March 10th in Toronto. On the field, Austin’s work ethic is hard to match and he has earned this opportunity with that desire to succeed. This is no different than Austin’s approach off the field where he has an extremely high GPA in the school of Business here at Laurier.

In other star player news, we are anxiously awaiting the East/West Bowl All-Stars to be announced. This is the CIS all-star game in May for student athletes that have just finished their third year. The game this year will once again happen at McGill University in Montreal on Saturday, May 14th. As soon as the rosters are released, we will be sure to communicate with you which Laurier players that will be participating.


TaylorLaurier football is happy to announce the commitment of fullback Cal Taylor of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary in London, ON.

The 6’2″, 211 lb Taylor actually committed on his official visit. He is a two-way player for Laurier SS, playing defensive tackle and fullback – while also adding experience on the offensive line during his grade 11 season.

The fullback/offensive line/defensive line combination is what attracted the Golden Hawks to Taylor.