Six Ravens taken in 2017 CFL Draft

Six Carleton Ravens football players were selected in the 2017 CFL Draft, which took place on May 7 in Toronto. Wide receiver Nate Behar was the first Raven picked, selected fifth overall by the Edmonton Eskimos. Ranked ninth in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s prospect list heading into the draft, Behar was the second receiver taken, only trailing McMaster’s Daniel Vandervoort. Tunde Adeleke was the next Raven selected, taken by the Calgary Stampeders in the third round. The defensive back made his mark at the 2017 CFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, the fastest of any participant this year. Fellow defensive back Nathaniel Hamlin went next to the B.C. Lions in the fourth round, while center Zach Annen was […]

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Ravens football players prepared for CFL draft

The Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine is the signature event leading up to the CFL Draft for the nation’s best prospects to show what they can bring to any of the league’s nine teams. Five Carleton Ravens football players were invited to compete at this year’s CFL Combine held from March 23-25 in Regina, Sask., while the 2017 CFL Draft will be held on May 7. The competing Ravens were wide receivers Nate Behar and Malcolm Carter, offensive lineman Kwabena Asare, and defensive backs Nathaniel Hamlin and Tunde Adeleke. Behar is widely viewed as the top prospect at Carleton, based on the previous CFL Draft rankings, and could become the first Raven drafted into the CFL since 1995. “I am […]

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Sports Blog: Former U Sports football players adjusting to pro ranks

Only a few years ago, fullback Brendan Gillanders and kicker Zach Medeiros were university students competing for the Vanier Cup as members of the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees and Western Mustangs, respectively. Now the two players are getting ready to compete in the Grey Cup as members of the Ottawa Redblacks following a 35-24 defeat over the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Division final on Nov. 20. As they prepared for the game against Edmonton, they spoke about what they learned as student-athletes in order to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and compete for a Grey Cup. Both players wrapped up their U Sports football careers close to home, and stressed the importance of a support system, whether it […]

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Sports Blog: Redblacks overcome early-season injuries in pursuit of Grey Cup

For the past few years, the Eastern Conference of the Canadian Football League (CFL) has been critiqued by many as being the “little brother” to the Western Conference. This year proved no better, as the Ottawa Redblacks were able to win first place in their division despite possessing a losing record of 8-9 to conclude the regular season. To put that into context, in the West, the Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Edmonton Eskimos all qualified for the playoffs with a record of 10-8 or better this season. Ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals on Nov. 20 between the Redblacks and the Eskimos, the Redblacks were presumed by many to be the underdog of the two. Last season, the Redblacks fell […]

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Ravens scoop QB recruit from U of O

The Carleton Ravens football team will be adding a local recruit to their roster next fall. Michael Arruda, a quarterback and Ottawa native, was originally committed to play for the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees but has decided to move to the Ravens instead. The 5’9 quarterback will be joining Tanner DeJong and Giordy Belfiore in competition to take over Carleton’s offence from Jesse Mills, who is graduating after four seasons with the Ravens. Arruda, who moved away from Ottawa to play CÉGEP Division-1 football in Lennoxville, Que. for three years, said he decided it was best for him to come home after being away. “I was at [U of O] first, and I got a clear picture […]

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