Written by Carleton Sports Information
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OTTAWA, ON — Former Carleton Ravens football players Tunde Adeleke, Kwabena Asare, Nate Hamlin and Malcolm Carter have taken the next steps in their professional journeys as the foursome have moved on to CFL rosters following a June 17 league-wide cutoff date for franchises to reduce their roster of players under contract to a total of 46.
Tunde Adeleke (Ottawa, ON), a 2016 OUA First-Team All-Star at defensive back, signed a pro contract with the Calgary Stampeders at the end of May and was named to the team’s final roster. The two-time All-Canadian kick returner leaves Carleton as the program’s all-time leader in nearly every kick and punt return category. Adeleke, a third round (25th overall) selection, will make his pro debut in his hometown of Ottawa when the Stamps visit the Redblacks in the season opener on June 23.
Ravens grad Kwabena Asare (Brampton, ON), a seventh round (49th overall) pick, was named to the Edmonton Eskimos’ practice roster, while three-time OUA All-Star defensive back Nate Hamlin (Ottawa, ON), a fourth round (33rd overall) choice, was included in the B.C. Lions’ practice squad. The practice roster provides players familiar with a team’s system that can be added to the regular roster in case of injury, situation or performance.
Wide receiver Malcolm Carter, who dressed for Carleton from 2013-2015, was named to the Montreal Alouettes’ practice squad after being taken in the sixth round (45th overall) in May’s draft.
Meanwhile, the Carleton football program has been boosted by news that 6-foot-3 senior centre Zach Annen (St. Thomas, ON), a 2017 fifth round (39th overall) pick by the Montreal Alouettes, will return for his fifth year of eligibility in order to complete an Aerospace Engineering degree. Annen’s player rights will remain with Montreal and he will look to make the CFL jump in 2018.