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.

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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.
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fauldsGolden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

There is nothing like playing in front of a large crowd on game day. In OUA football, we are only given four regular season home games, so please help us fill the stands this year for each and
every game.

You are one of over 1,000 newsletter subscribers, so if we all come to the game and bring family and friends, every week could be packed like Homecoming. And, if we all agree that Homecoming is such a fantastic time, why not recreate that within your circle of friends three more times during the fall?

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We are extremely pleased with the commitment of three more talented student athletes: Connor Knight, Bryce Bell and Michael Rose-Headley. We are thrilled as much as they are to have be joined with the Laurier community and excited to have them on our campus for the next four to five years.

Connor Knight
Connor is a 5’10″, 180lb receiver that adds great depth to our receiving corps. He is a very smart player and has been involved with the Burlington Stampeders program for many years, where he has been really well-coached.

He attended our high school camp this spring and impressed our staff. Laurier Offensive Coordinator Mark Surya described Connor as a “highly intelligent receiver … one of those players that makes all the players around him better.”

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Photo: Paige Bush
Photo: Paige Bush

For the last four years, Greg Nyhof and Taylor Smith have charged out onto Knight Newbrough field, ready to prove themselves after a long, grueling offseason.

This year, the newly appointed strength and conditioning coaches for Laurier’s Athletics & Recreation Department, will find themselves watching from the sidelines, rooting their team on. For Nyhof, it’s something that may take some getting used to.

“I think it’s easy for us to say no, not a big deal, but there is nothing that will replace that feeling.” He said.

After the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, the Golden Hawks former strength and conditioning coach, Alena Luciani, moved on from the position leaving the door open for Nyhof and Smith.

“As I got into my later years, strength and conditioning became the route I wanted to take. The opportunity was there and I was pretty thankful for that,” said Smith.

For Nyhof, it was his personal experience, training for the men’s football team that drove him towards the position.

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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.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/eastwestbowl

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.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It has been a very busy and fun week of Spring Camp and the team is really starting to come together. With last Thursday’s ice storm our practice at McMaster got moved to this past Wednesday. We had a beautiful sunny and clear 10 degree day to compete against McMaster and it was nice to finally compete against a different colour jersey. The two teams competed in one-on-ones, Pass Skelly, Inside Run and finished up with a Team period.

On Offense, our receivers did a fantastic job in the one-on-one period, led by Carson Ouellette and Marcus Arkarakas – along with some great throws by the quarterbacks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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