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WATERLOO, ON – David Grossman, veteran award-winning journalist, takes us inside the mind of Laurier Football Special Teams Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach, Dwayne Cameron.
When talking sports with Laurier football coach Dwayne Cameron, one thing is quite clear: there is no hyped-up ego or personal gratification.Instead, what you will find is plenty of confidence, hope and determination.

For Cameron, a defensive back, special teams and recruiting coach, his main task on the gridiron is to find ways for players to improve performance. Off the competitive field, he’s a huge confidence booster and very effective in pushing for a complete education.

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Mark Bryson
Waterloo Region Record

There’s no looking back for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

The reigning Yates Cup champions are downplaying last year’s success as they prepare for their season-opener against the University of Toronto Blues. The Hawks and Blues kick off their Ontario University Athletics football schedules Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) at University Stadium.

Laurier head coach Michael Faulds, rather than focusing on his team’s 43-36 Yates Cup win over the Western Mustangs, has reminded his charges of their subsequent 36-6 drubbing in the Uteck Bowl at the hands of the powerful Laval Rouge et Or.

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WATERLOO, ON – David Grossman, veteran award winning journalist, takes us inside the mind of Laurier football Offensive Line Coach, Irv Daymond.

Irv Daymond knows what it’s like to be a professional.

For 10 seasons in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders and chosen an all-star twice, Daymond provided leadership and toughness and was well aware of what it took to get the job done – and done well.

Very regimented in his ways and not one to get caught up in instant hoopla, Daymond thrives on certain things, while there are others he would much sooner push aside.

But his alphabet for success is now a gift for football players pursuing a career – while also benefitting from a sound education at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Training camp has come and gone and we are now into game prep for Sunday’s Home Opener against the Toronto Varsity Blues at 1pm. Please get your tickets at laurier.universitytickets.com

It was a very good first week of practices, with both our veteran players and incoming freshman all digesting a lot of information and working extremely hard. We concluded the week with a trip to Montreal to take on the Concordia Stingers. We lost the game 23-16 but, for preseason games, it is a good idea to always look at the halftime score, as that is a better indication of starters vs. starters.

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Josh Brown
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — Mike Knevel is more than ready.

The Brantford native has been waiting for this football season since he arrived at Wilfrid Laurier University four years ago.

It has been a long haul for the quarterback.

Back in 2013, the rookie watched patiently while other prospects climbed the ladder with the Golden Hawks.

Then, just as he was set to make his mark as a sophomore, he suffered a broken wrist and dealt with the emotional anguish that followed when doctors told him he may never throw a football again.

Now, in his fifth year at Laurier, Knevel will begin the season as the starting pivot at University Stadium for the first time.

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We’re just two weeks away from the start of training camp! Our whole team is getting ready and excited to report to camp on Thursday, August 10th.

We will have a week of practices, alternating two-a-day practice days with power practice days (one practice but longer) and then we will board the buses and head to Montreal to play a preseason game against Concordia University on Friday, August 18th at 2pm.

We are extremely happy with the depth we have at all positions and, despite losing some very talented players every year to graduation (and the CFL draft), it is definitely not a matter of starting over, but just reloading and getting even better.

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Recruiting at the Canada Cup last week in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was a success. Once again, Team Quebec won the gold medal – which is their third consecutive Canada Cup victory. Here are the eight teams that were in the tournament and the place that they finished:

  1. Quebec
  2. Saskatchewan
  3. Ontario
  4. Alberta
  5. British Columbia
  6. Nova Scotia
  7. Manitoba
  8. New Brunswick

Throughout the week, coaches Dwayne Cameron, Irv Daymond and I were able to speak to these top under-18 players from around the country. We watched them practice, play in their respective games and (more importantly) saw how they carry themselves off the field – which is a good judge of character.

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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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David Bebee, Waterloo Region Record

They won a Vanier Cup with Wilfrid Laurier University on a cold day in Hamilton back in 2005.

Later in life they stood side by side as the best man at each other’s wedding.

Now Kitchener’s Jahmeeks Beckford and Shawn Ashe have reunited on the football field with the Tri-City Outlaws.

Beckford is the team’s assistant defensive coach while Ashe is making his return as a slot receiver after lengthy hiatus due to a concussion.

“I’m a big fan of his,” said Beckford, 36. “It’s fantastic to see him out there comfortable and excited.”

Their football story goes back more than two decades.

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