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.
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.
WATERLOO — The spotlight often shines elsewhere, which is perfectly fine with Levondre Gordon.
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks running back simply wants to go about his business, stay healthy and do what he can to help his team be successful during the Ontario University Athletics football season and beyond.
If individual recognition and honours should happen to come his way, that’s fine.