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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Laurier Football is excited to announce the commitment of 2016 CFC Top 100 defensive back Damian Lombardi of the Pickering Dolphins and St Mary’s High School. The 6’0, 190lb Lombardi is a physical player who has played numerous positions for the Dolphins organization – including free safety, middle linebacker, and halfback. His size will make him a prospect to play in the secondary as well as at the dime linebacker position for the Hawks.

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Photo: Ronnie Marco, The Cord
Photo: Ronnie Marco, The Cord

Killian Cuppage
The Cord

Ronnie Pfeffer has had quite the turbulent year.

The former Wilfrid Laurier kicker/punter just finished his first season in the CFL and was fortunate enough to be part of the Grey Cup finalists, the Ottawa RedBlacks.

But the journey to the Grey Cup final wasn’t easy. During the 2015 CFL draft last summer, Pfeffer saw his two teammates and good friends, Chris Ackie and Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, go in the top five. Pfeffer also watched on as running back Dillon Campbell was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts.

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