Queen’s announces final recruits & transfers

KINGSTON – Queen’s football head coach Pat Sheahan is pleased to announce the final  signing of recruits and transfers to the Gaels football program for 2015.

Joining Queen’s are quarterback Mathew Duffy (Kanata, Ont.), receiver Rudy Uhl (North Vancouver, B.C.), defensive lineman Allen Champagne (Verdun, Que.), running back Joey McKiernan (Kanata, Ont.), tight end John Bews (Pointe-Claire, Que.), offensive lineman Etienne Bergeron (Lachine Que.), running back Brodie Latimer (Sydenham, Ont.) and Kurtis Schaefer (Stittsville, Ont.).

“This is a big day for Queen’s and a big day for Queen’s football,” said head coach Pat Sheahan. “Not only is it a big day for the athletes but I understand the importance for the families as well. We have some great athletes from both near and far today with a good mix of some who are starting their careers and some who are finishing off their careers here at Queen’s.”

Unable to attend but also committing to the Gaels are receivers Ian Farrell (Halifax, N.S.), Ross Cameron (Peterborough, Ont), Benson Auld (Halifax, N.S.). linebackers Donte Dehaney (Brampton, Ont) and Richard Byrne (Gananoque, Ont), defensive backs Connor Gascoigne (Halifax, N.S), Tyler Satino (Brampton, Ont), Curtis Smith (Burlington, Ont) and defensive lineman Spencer Giffin (Kingston, Ont).

See below for a detailed look at what these athletes have accomplished in their careers thus far.

The Queen’s football Gaels begin their regular season when they welcome the Carleton Ravens to Kingston on Sunday August 30, 2015. Kick-off is set for 1pm at Richardson Stadium

// Signees (Recruit Signing Day)



Awards and achievements: A two sport athlete playing both football and wrestling… Played with St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire… Teammates with incoming recruit John Bews at St. Paul’s School.

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Awards and achievements: Member of Team Quebec in 2013 winning Gold in the Canada Cup… All-ISL member in 2013 with St. Paul’s School… Teammate with Etiene Bergeron at St. Paul’s School.

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Awards and achievements: Played four years with North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA)…Key special teams performer who appeared in all 12 regular season games in 2014…Valuable special teams contributor who saw action in all 12 games in 2013…Had a memorable tackle on punt coverage in the season opener against South Carolina …Appeared in six games in 2012, primarily on special teams… Joined North Carolina as a walk-on in 2011…Recipient of UNC’s prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship…Exercise and sport science and biology double major at UNC… Younger brother of Philippe who played for Queen’s and was captain in 2004 becoming the first French Canadian to hold that role in team history.

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Awards and achievements: OVFL Champions in 2013 & 2014…Team MVP with Myers Riders of OVFL… Finished with 2,292 yards and 26 TDs in 2014 with Myers Riders.

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Awards and achievements: KASSA champion with Sydenham HS… Played in OVFL with Kingston Grenadiers.

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Awards and achievements: Played with Myers Riders Jr. in the OVFL… Grandson of Dave Thelen who  is a former Canadian Football League running back for the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989… Also the nephew of John Thelen who played five years for Queen’s and was a Conference All-Star in 1997.

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Awards and achievements: Played for the Bel Air Norsemen in NCAFA… Named an NCAFA All-Star and was the rookie of the year his first season.

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Awards and achievements: Played with the Kamloops Broncos in CJFL… Named a CJFL All-Star… Tied 40-year-old B.C. Football conference record for longest pass reception at 106 yards… Redshirted with UBC (CIS).

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Last Name First Name Hometown Prov. Program Position Height Weight High School/Previous School
Archambault Philippe Montreal Que. Arts LB 6’1 205 Upper Canada College
Aref Marco Ancaster Ont. Arts REC 5’10 180 Bishop Tonnos Catholic SS
Auld John Benson Halifax N.S. Arts REC 5’11 150 Citadel SS
Bembenek Niclas Winnipeg Man. Kinesiology REC 6’1 205 Vincent Massey HS
Bergeron Etienne Lachine Que. Arts OL 6’2 285 St. Paul’s School, N.H., USA
Bews John Pointe-Claire Que. Arts TE 6’4 225 St. Paul’s School, N.H., USA
Byrne Richard Gananoque Ont. Arts LB 6’2 225 Gananoque SS
Cameron Ross Peterborough Ont. Kinesiology REC 6’3 185 Crestwood SS
Causer Ejaz Mississauga Ont. Kinesiology DB 5’10 180 Lorne Park SS
Champagne Allen Verdun Que. Ph.D DL 6’4 275 North Carolina (NCAA)
Dehaney Donte Brampton Ont. Arts LB 6’1 220 Villanova College
Duffy Mathew Kanata Ont. Geology QB 6’2 225 Carleton (CIS)
Erskine Braden London Ont. Engineering DB 6’1 210 Clarke Road SS
Farrell Ian Halifax N.S. Commerce REC 6’1 210 Citadel HS
Gascoigne Connor Halifax N.S. Science DB 6’5 200 Citadel HS
Giffin Spencer Kingston Ont. Arts DL 6’1 225 Ernestown SS
Gouveia Kyle Brampton Ont. Science QB 6’0 190 St Roch Catholic SS
Haggar Cole Manotick Ont. Con. Education DB/REC 6’1 200 St Marks HS
Hebert Louis Christophe Quebec City Que. Commerce REC 6’2 200 Upper Canada College
Henning Paul Kitchener Ont. Kinesiology DB 5’10 170 Resurrection SS
Jones Ron Niagara Falls Ont. Sociology LB 6’0 200 Saint Michael CHS
Kealy Zackary Almonte Ont. Physical Education DB 6’0 180 Almonte & District HS
Latimer Brodie Sydenham Ont. Arts RB 5’11 195 Sydenham HS
McKiernan Joey Kananta Ont. Arts RB 5’10 195 Holy Trinity Catholic HS
McQuilkin Connor Burlington Ont. Arts REC 6’1 185 Corpus Christi SS
Osei Kusi Chris Brampton Ont. Arts REC 6’2 195 Cardinal Ambrozic SS
Pendergast Jeremy Kingston Ont. Engineering REC 6’4 200 Holy Cross Cath SS
Puskas Jake Thunder Bay Ont. Science RB 6’1 205 St Ignatius HS
Richards Marquis Brampton Ont. Science FB 5’10 230 St Thomas Villanova College
Satino Tyler Brampton Ont. Arts DB 5’11 195 Cardinal Ambrozic CSS
Schaefer Kurtis Stittsville Ont. Arts LB 6’0 210 Sacred Heart HS
Smith Curtis Burlington Ont. Physical Education DB 5’10 175 Corpus Christi SS
Stratton Phil Port Colborne Ont. Arts LB 6’1 210 Lakeshore HS
Uhl Rudy North Vancouver B.C. Economics REC 6’2 210 Thompson Rivers/UBC (CIS)
Woods Tyler Kitchener Ont. Arts RB 5’9 190 Resurrection SS

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