We look at five players you should have on your radar heading into Thursday:
RB | YORK
Photo: Anton Mak/York University
Amankwaa played in five regular season games with the Okanagan Sun in 2018, rushing 41 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also added three passes for 50 yards.
Before joining the CJFL, the six-foot, 210-pound running back played three seasons with the York Lions. He played in all eight regular season games for the Lions in 2017, collecting 368 rushing yards and a touchdown while also adding eight catches for 84 yards an a major score. He was ranked 12th in the OUA and led the Lions with 81 rushes that season.
In 2016, Amankwaa suited up in three games before suffering an injury. He ran the ball 27 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. He also represented Canada at the 2016 U19 International Bowl in Texas.
As a rookie, Amankwaa appeared in all eight regular season games. He was named the OUA’s rookie of the year and a member of the OUA all-rookie team. He finished second in the OUA in rush attempts with 137 and was sixth in rushing yards (689). The Etobicoke, Ont. native scored four touchdowns and averaged 86.1 yards per game. That stellar performance in his first season earned him the team’s Jeff Johnson Rookie of the Year Award and the Leonard Jean-Pierre W21 offensive MVP trophy.
WR | GUELPH
Photo: Kyle Rodriguez/University of Guelph
Belyk played in all eight regular season games in 2018 and hauled in 36 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns (seventh in the OUA). He’ll be looking to turn heads on Thursday in Toronto.
The six-foot, 180-pound pass catcher caught 14 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown in eight games. He also added six yards on the ground, eight punt return yards, one solo tackle and one assisted tackle.
In 2016, the Regina, Sask. native suited up in five games and registered 338 yards and a touchdown on 27 receptions. In Belyk’s rookie season, he played in seven regular season games and was part of the team that won the Yates Cup.
OL | WESTERN
Bouchard suited up in seven regular season games with the Western Mustangs in 2018 and was named an OUA second-team all-star. He played for the West Team in the U-SPORTS East-West Bowl and was also a part of the team that won the Yates Cup and the Mitchell Bowl.
The six-foot-two, 326-pound offensive line man played in seven games in 2017 and was named an OUA second-team all-star. He was a member of the team that won the Yates Cup, the Uteck Bowl and the Vanier Cup.
Bouchard was named an OUA first-team all-star in 2016 and played in all eight regular season games in both 2016 and 2015.
DB | WATERLOO
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Frecha suited up in all eight regular season games in 2018 and collected 26 solo tackles and nine assisted tackles, including two tackles for a loss. He also played for the West Team in the U SPORTS East-West Bowl.
In 2017, the six-foot-one, 195-pound defensive back played in eight regular season games and tallied 34 solo tackles and six assisted tackles, including one sack. He also collected three pass breakups and an interception that was returned for 21 yards.
Frecha played in six games in 2016, where he amassed 18 solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles, and eight contests in 2015, where he registered eight solo tackles and three assisted.
LB | GUELPH
Photo: Kyle Rodriguez/University of Guelph
Reinhart played in eight regular season games in 2018, collecting 37 solo tackles (10th in the OUA) and 15 assisted tackles, including one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. He recorded two interceptions (eighth in the OUA) for 98 yards as well as one pass breakup. The six-foot, 237-pound linebacker also played for the West Team in the U SPORTS East-West Bowl.
In 2017, the Guelph, Ont. native played in eight games and tallied nine solo tackles and 17 assisted tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
Reinhart was named an OUA first-team all-star on special teams in 2016. That season he collected 13 solo tackles and seven assisted tackles, including a sack and one tackle for a loss. He also added one interception for eight yards.
In his rookie season, Reinhart played in seven games and collected five solo tackles, five assisted tackles and six rushing yards on one carry. He was also a member of the team that won the Yates Cup.
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