Empire Focal Point – Moore & Boateng

Mike Moore

#96, International Defensive Lineman

6’4″, 269 lbs, 24 years old

Hyattsville, Maryland

The Edmonton Eskimos signed International Defensive Lineman Mike Moore as a free agent on May 28, 2017 and have extended Moore’s contract through the 2019 season. Moore enters his second season with the Green and Gold and his third in the CFL.

Prior to signing with the Eskimos, Moore played eight games for the Ottawa RedBlacks in the 2016 season, and recorded ten tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

As an Eskimo in 2017, Moore finished with eight defensive tackles, including two quarterback sacks in five games (two starts). Moore was moved and finished the season on the club's practice roster. In one game (one start) of the 2018 season, Moore finished with two defensive tackles and one quarterback sack. Moore is currently on the six-game injured list. Moore is healing quickly and we cannot wait to welcome him back to the active roster to finish the 2018 strong!

Moore attended and graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School and played as a Defensive End; he was then recruited to University of Virginia. In 2015 , Moore started all 12 games for Virginia, made nine starts at defensive end and three games at outside linebacker. In 30 games for the Cavaliers, Moore recorded 108 tackles and 11 sacks.

Fun fact: Mike’s dad, Shawn Moore, is a prominent football figure of UVa. Linked below is a great article giving us a sneak peek into the relationship of the two Moore Men:

https://www.dailyprogress.com/greenenews/sports/uva-s-mike-moore-shares-special-bond-with-his-legendary/article_8e0f1337-25f8-5d2f-8f81-1954936ccc4d.html

I’m not sure about you guys, but Mike quickly became a favorite of mine with he bright smile, kindness and willingness to take the time and throw in some poses for this budding photographer at Fan Day! Also, the guy is kind of a cartoon and anime nut! What would make Mike the happiest guy in the world? That’s right, binge-watching a great cartoon &/or anime show. Some favorites include: Dragon Ball Z (his G.O.A.T anime), Naruto Bleach, Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note. There’s a little (jokes, it’s massive) nerdy girl who is bouncing off the walls knowing her team is filled with fellow nerds.

 


 

Kwaku Boateng

#93, National Defensive End

6’0″, 250 lbs, 23 years old

Kumasi, Ghana

The Edmonton Eskimos selected national Defensive End Kwaku Boateng in the fifth round, 41st overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft. He was then signed on May 23, 2017.

In the 2017 season (18 games, one start), the rookie Kwaku Boateng (fondly known as “EarthKwaku” in the Turf District) finished with 22 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks, and one forced fumble in 18 games played. In the West Semi-Final, Boateng recorded three tackles and appeared in the West Final.

Currently, Boateng is a starter, and in three games, he has recorded three tackles and two quarterback sacks. Boateng was a healthy scratch in Week Four.

Boateng attended Wilfrid Laurier University were he is the all-time sack leader. He was named a 2016 CIS Men's Football Second Team All-Canadian and is also a two-time Academic All-Canadian. Newcomer Godrey Onyeka is also a Wilfrid Laurier alum.

Take a moment to review Boateng stats and the impressive list of awards accumulated while playing for the Laurier Golden Hawks:

https://www.laurierathletics.com/peopleprofile.php?PeopleID=8868

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance, Boateng is a big numbers guy and loves to crunch those numbers. Naturally, he is a bit OCD & a perfectionist which apparently, gets him into trouble sometimes; his words, not mine! Give this guy a good TV show over a movie any day. The potential of character development is more drawn out and explored in TV Shows. If he’s talking about a well written, slow burn character, I completely agree! And as for that hat (pictured on fan day) well, I just had to ask! (Giving Mike Reilly a run for his money) Boateng explains “that's my training camp bucket hat. I had an amazing training camp in my first year and I wore it everyday even during meetings, so I figured I'd keep the tradition going for this years training camp.” Heck, why mess with something that’s going well!

We at the Pod absolutely appreciate the connection and friendship we have developed with #EarthKwaku. A phenomenal guy and we cannot say enough great things about Kwaku, so much so, we even have T-shirts in his honor. We’re not fanboys/fangirl at all.

 

Don’t forget to join in or tune in to Friday Night’s rematch game vs. the Toronto Argonauts. The Eskimos look to improve record to 3-2 and seek some much-needed redemption.

The Eskimos Club, it’s fans and Edmonton welcome Ludacris, whom is set to perform the half-time show. This is going to be a performance you won’t want to miss!

Game time: 7 pm at Commonwealth Stadium

 

 

Resources:

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https://virginiasports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=873

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