5 golden hawks are spending their St. Patrick’s day at the CFL regional combine in Toronto

File photo by Tanzeel Sayani

Five Laurier football players will be celebrating their St. Patrick’s day at the CFL regional combine in Toronto.

Marcus Arkarakas, Brandon Calver, Taylor Calverley, Brett Golding and Chris Reddy will be taking part in this year’s edition, hoping to impress  the CFL scouts and earn an invitation to the national camp in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Laurier head football coach Michael Faulds explained how three Laurier players already have their invitation to the national camp.

“There are limited invites to the national combine every year … and we have three of our players going: Kwaku Boateng, Nakas Onyeka and Jalen Price.”

Faulds spoke about what an amazing opportunity this event is for players trying to make it to the next level.

“The regional combine is a way for CFL coaches and scouts to see other talented players. With only 100 or so going to the national combine, there’s many more great players across the country than just that.”

Faulds made clear that all of the players who received invites to the regional camp are very well deserving of this honour.

“It’s an exciting group. Marcus Arkarakas, is a receiver for us who’s been a good leader for us. Brandon Calver, a linebacker who was at the [East West Bowl] last year. One of our toughest players, Taylor Calverley, who’s been a defensive back for us, he’s an unbelievable athlete. Then there’s our two offensive linemen Brett Golding and Chris Reddy. Brett had an injury last year but both of them have been instrumental in us having one of the top rushing attacks in the country each year,” Faulds said.

In what is an electrifying time for Laurier football, three more players were also named to this year’s edition of the East West Bowl in Quebec City.

Godfrey Onyeka, Isaiah Guzylak-Messam and Rashari Henry will play for the west at the week long event May 8-13.

It’s an exciting time for these players and Laurier football as they try to make it to the next level.

“It’s a good solid five guys going and we’re excited to see how they do,” Faulds said.

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