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Photo: Kha Vo

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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Photo: Arthur Ward, CFL.ca

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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Photo: Victoria Panacci

Daniel Johnson
The Cord

On the biggest stage of Michael Knevel’s career, Laurier took over the ball, down 21 points in the championship game against a bitter rival — the Western Mustangs. No easy task.

It takes a level head to make 11 other men believe that a win is possible. It took a level head to spoil Carleton’s homecoming and it took the same tactic to sit patiently for four years and wait for his opportunity to lead the Laurier Golden Hawks to the Yates Cup.

Finally taking over the starting job after four years of waiting, Knevel was poised to thrive in a familiar offence.

“I waited a long time. Obviously, four years and it felt really good to get out there and I was really confident going in, even my first, game because I had been preparing for four years, so it was a good feeling to finally take over the starting job,” the quarterback said.

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