Local dual-sport recruit transfers to Carleton (VIDEO)

Stittsville defensive back joins OUA team’s 2016 class

Sean Stoqua will be playing in his own backyard at the CIS level this fall.

The Carleton Ravens have announced that the 5’11, 190 pound defensive back from Stittsville, Ontario has transferred over to their football program.  Stoqua will join the team for the 2016 OUA season.

Previously, the defensive standout was with AUS team, Acadia Axemen.  During his last campaign in 2014, Stoqua registered 24.5 tackles, three interceptions and a CIS leading three blocked kicks.

Stoqua also participated in the 2014 CFL Regional Combine which was held in Montreal, Quebec.

Under CIS eligilbility rules, the defensive standout will have two years remaining to use with the Ravens. Since he did not play in 2015, he will be able to play immediately with his new team.   Not only will he be suiting up for the football program, but will also do so for the Ravens basketball program.

“Sean is an exception athlete and very driven to be the best,” commented Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah of the newest addition to the Ravens.  “His experience at Acadia and on the basketball court will help enhance the leadership within our program and also give us a veteran presence in our secondary.”

“He has played at a high level and we except him to come in right away and push our current players.  Having Sean has definitely improved our team and we look forward to working with him for the next few years.”

For his part, Stoqua said the circumstances were ideal for him to come back home.

“Carleton gave me the opportunity to return to my hometown and continue to pursue a higher education while playing two sports that I love,” elaborated the defensive back, who also previously played for both the Sacred Heart Huskies of the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA) and Bell Warriors of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).  “Choosing to pursue a masters degree at a school other than Acadia wasn’t easy.”

“Those were the best four years of my life and I’ll always be grateful for what that school and athletic program have done for me.”

With his commitment to the Ravens, Stoqua is thrilled for a reunion with one of his former coaches.

“Another factor that influenced my decision to choose Carleton was my relationship with the Ravens Defensive Backs Coach Sean Hall,” offered the defensive standout.  “He was my defensive back coach at Acadia for my first two years and has taught me the majority of what I know about the position.”

There’s no looking back now for Stoqua as he is focused on making a significant but positive impact in the next couple of years with the Ravens.

“Going forward, I’m excited to start contributing to the Ravens football program as we continue to improve and compete for the Vanier Cup,” expressed Stoqua.

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