The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday the football club has signed eight national players, including linebacker Lukas Korol (pictured), offensive linemen Brett Golding, Sheridan Lawley and Joel Van Pelt, wide receiver Marcus Davis, defensive linemen Derek Dufault and Malcolm Campbell, and long snapper Gordon Whyte.
Korol, 24, appeared in six games for the Tiger-Cats last season, registering two special teams tackles. In 34 career games at the University of Guelph (2014-18), the 6-0, 205-pound native of Dundas, Ontario registered 224 total tackles, eight quarterback sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions and six pass break-ups. He was named a U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian in 2018.
Golding, 25, appeared in three games with the Tiger-Cats last season, including his first-career CFL start at centre November 2 versus Toronto. Selected by Hamilton in the seventh round, 58th overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft, Golding has suited up in 11 games during his three-year CFL career (2017-19). Prior to turning pro, the 6-4, 272-pound native of Dunnville, Ontario appeared in 15 games over three seasons at Wilfrid Laurier University (2013-15).
Lawley, 24, was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the third round, 24th overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft. He attended training camp and spent time on the team’s practice roster last season while converting to the offensive line. Lawley played three games as a defensive lineman with the University of British Columbia in 2018, recording 17 tackles and three sacks for the Thunderbirds. The 6-4, 290-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia appeared in 25 games over three seasons at the University of Connecticut (2015-17) prior to joining UBC, recoding 18 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack for the Huskies.
Van Pelt, 23, spent the 2019 season on Hamilton’s practice roster where he converted to the offensive line. He was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the eighth round, 62nd overall, in the 2018 CFL Draft and also attended training camp with the team that season. The 6-4, 260-pound native of Lethbridge, Alberta appeared in 32 career games over four seasons at the University of Calgary (2015-18) as a defensive lineman, accumulating 70 total tackles. Van Pelt was part of the Dino teams that won the 2016 Mitchell Bowl as well as the 2016 and 2017 Hardy Cup, and was named the top lineman in the Canada West Conference in 2018.
Davis, 23, spent the 2019 season on Hamilton’s practice roster. He was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the fourth round, 31st overall, in the 2018 CFL Draft. The 5-10, 185-pound wide receiver from Victoria, British Columbia registered 103 receptions for 1,316 yards and 10 touchdowns in 30 games over four years with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (2014-17) before sitting out the 2018 season to rehab a knee injury. Davis won the Hardy Cup, Uteck Bowl and Vanier Cup with UBC in 2015.
Dufault, 22, was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the seventh-round, 58th overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft and attended training camp in Hamilton last season before returning to the University of Manitoba. The 6-2, 250-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba played 42 games over five seasons with the Bisons (2015-19), registering 131 tackles, 17.5 sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Campbell, 23, was selected by Hamilton in the eighth-round, 65th overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft and attended training camp with the Tiger-Cats last season before returning to the University of Toronto. The 6-3, 240-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario appeared in 30 games over five seasons for the Varsity Blues (2015-19), recording 116 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one blocked kick.
Whyte, 22, was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the eighth-round, 67th overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft and attended training camp in Hamilton last season before returning to St. Francis Xavier University. The 6-2, 225-pound native of Toronto, Ontario played in 40 games at linebacker over five seasons for the X-Men (2015-19), registering 137 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack and two pass breakups. Whyte also played for the East Team in the U SPORTS East-West Bowl in 2018 and was a three time Loney Bowl champion with the X-Men (2015, 2016 & 2018).