Tim Baines
Postmedia

For years, Kene and Godfrey Onyeka and their football-playing cousins have pushed each other to be better.

It’s a healthy competition in a journey that took Kene to Ottawa’s Carleton University and Godfrey to Waterloo’s Wilfrid Laurier University — where each found excellence. In the winter Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau rankings, Godfrey, a defensive back, was ranked sixth; Kene, a defensive lineman, was ranked 14th.

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Photo: Alex D’Addese

OTTAWA, ON – Two former members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were among those celebrating with the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday night as they won the 105th Grey Cup 27-24 over the Calgary Stampeders at TD Place.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka and kicker Ronnie Pfeffer will have their names etched onto the championship trophy after one of the most memorable Grey Cups in history.

Onyeka, the 2016 OUA President’s Award winner, dressed as a backup linebacker in the contest and was a key part of Toronto’s special teams unit all season long. Despite not recording any stats in the championship game, the victory caps an impressive rookie season for the 2016 Yates Cup champion after he recorded 14 special teams tackles in his first year of professional football.

Meanwhile, Pfeffer adds a second Grey Cup championship to his resume one year after winning the title with the Ottawa Redblacks. Despite finishing the year on the six-game injured list, Pfeffer served much of his time with Toronto this season as the primary backup to Lirim Hajrullahu.

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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.

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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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Photos: Kha Vo

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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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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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.

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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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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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