Dan Ralph
The Canadian Press

Kwaku Boateng is playing with a huge chip on his shoulder this season.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman has registered a team-best five sacks in his first full campaign as a CFL starter. That’s heady stuff for a second-year player but especially impressive considering Edmonton took Boateng in the fifth round of the 2-17 CFL draft.

That’s also what’s fuelling the former Wilfrid Laurier star. Each time Boateng steps on to the field, he wants to prove to opposing teams they erred in not selecting him.


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Chris O’Leary

He sat at his family’s home in Milton, Ont. watching and waiting.

Kwaku Boateng knew that there were questions around him. Did he want to play football or start a business career? Could he play special teams in the CFL? Were his combine numbers a bad day, or the reflection of an athlete that wouldn’t be able to cut it at the next level?

So the 22-year-old defensive end from Wilfrid Laurier University sat there with his parents, his two brothers, his girlfriend and some close friends and watched the 2017 CFL Draft on TSN. And they waited.


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

August is here! This means that we don’t have to wait much longer for the football season. Our whole team (coaches, players and staff) will report to training camp on Thursday, August 9th. We will very quickly dive right into a schedule that will see the team waking up at 6:30am and not returning to their rooms until about 9:30pm. The days will be filled with practices, meetings, therapy, meals, workouts and more.


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Don Landry

Had things gone a little differently back during his high school days, Kwaku Boateng might be hauling in passes for the Edmonton Eskimos, instead of hauling down quarterbacks.

Turns out, though, what made him a bit of a liability on offence made him a star on defence and the 23-year-old from Milton, Ontario, is parlaying that quality into emergence as a premier CFL defensive end.


Karlo Berkovich
Laurier Campus Magazine

Shamawd Chambers had big plans when he arrived at Laurier for his first year of university.

“I wanted to play pro football from the first day I stepped on campus,” says the Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver, who has played for three Canadian Football League (CFL) teams during his six-year career and was the top Canadian in the 2015 Grey Cup game.

Chambers played four seasons with the Golden Hawks before the Edmonton Eskimos drafted him sixth overall in 2012. He says he achieved his goal thanks to a combination of athletic ability and the life skills he learned at Laurier.

“Being a student athlete is like having two full-time jobs,” says Chambers, who studied religion and culture. “Being at Laurier made adapting to and preparing for pro football a lot easier.”

Helping student athletes succeed in sport and in life is a hallmark of the Laurier athletic experience.


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Steve LeBlanc

For any rookie pro athlete, part of the learning curve is the acceptance that not all of one’s learning can come at once.

That reality isn’t lost on Kwaku Boateng.

While showing moments of promise both against the run and on the pass rush, the Eskimos’ defensive end admits he’s yet to piece both parts of his game together.

But he doesn’t see that as cause for alarm.

“I’ve got time to grow,” the 22-year-old Miltonian told the Champion Saturday afternoon, following Friday’s 23-21 nail-biter over the visiting Ottawa Redblacks, which kept Edmonton undefeated at 3-0.


Michael Faulds with Wilfrid Laurier University’s former dean of students Fred Nichols.

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Excitement is growing around the program as we are roughly six weeks away from training camp.

This Sunday, was our annual summer Organized Team Activity (OTA) and, amazingly, 75 players attended. The OTA is held once a summer and a chance to bring together the majority of the team.

Many players stay in Kitchener-Waterloo for the summer, but the OTA is something players who go home for the summer mark in their calendars and come back for.


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Many people tied to Laurier Football were in attendance on Saturday at Wildwinds Golf Links for the Gary Jeffries Golf Classic. It was a fun afternoon honouring the great career of Coach Jeff. Only six head coaches ever at our schools great football program and four of us were there together on Saturday.


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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.


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.