Empire Focal Point – Ceresna & Williams

Jake Ceresna

#94, Defensive Lineman

6’5″, 285 lbs, 23 years old

The Edmonton Eskimos acquired international defensive lineman Jake Ceresna from the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2018. We all remember this trade as it was in exchange for Odell Willis however, that does NOT mean we do not welcome Ceresna the Eskimo way!

Prior to arriving in the CFL, Ceresna attended Cortland University (’13 – ’15) and there after spent time in the NFL with the New York Jets.

While attending Cortland, Ceresna tallied in 33 games recording: 39.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and 142 tackles… do we like this guy yet? Oh yeah, there’s more. His time with the Redblacks resulted in 14 games played, two QB sacks and 18 tackles (recorded). Welcome to the Empire indeed!

The discipline does not stop in the off – season. To enhance his performance, hand fighting and conditioning, Ceresna participates in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If that doesn’t give our D-Line a sense of security, I am not sure what will.
When there is no one to block, tackle and spar with, you can find Ceresna deep in a luxurious nap, anywhere at anytime. Something tells me this may result in a few pranks pulled by his teammates… you have been warned, Jake.

D’haquille “Duke” Williams

#81, Slotback

6’3″, 225 lbs, 25 years old

On May 11, 2017, the Edmonton Eskimos acquired international receiver Duke Williams as a free agent… and the rest, as they say, is history; in his short time with the Eskimos, he certainly has impressed.

In 2017, Williams recorded 13 starts with 715 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 46 receptions, this including 4, 100 yards games.

With one game already in the bag for 2018, Williams accumulated 74 yards with 4 receptions.

From ’12 – ’13, Williams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In those two years, Williams tallied 118 receptions for 2,028 yards and 26 touchdowns. Williams transferred to Auburn where he recorded 12 catches for 147 yards and one touchdown. Yeah, we like this guy.

You don’t need to see his number to know when he makes a catch. If you see a receiver leap into the air like Superman, you know you are looking at Duke Williams. His acrobatic, towering and controlled body knows no gravitational pull while his large stature impedes the opposition from disturbing the catch; if Reilly throws an aerial ball, Duke will catch it… and we are a-okay with that!


The Eskimos look to improve their record to 2-0 on Friday’s game against the Hamilton Ti-Cats at home in Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium, 8 PM start time.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these two rising stars as we cheer on our entire team to victory!









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