Just a few days prior to the Yates Cup, the school’s 11th appearance, six Marauders were named all-stars by the OUA.

Noah Hallett, a defensive halfback, makes a return to the conference’s First Team, while linebacker Eric Blake, cornerback Nolan Putt, receiver Tommy Nield and offensive linemen Jakub Szott and Max Guy were all names to the Second Team.

First-year lineman Taylor Burns, who wasted no time making a name for himself, was one of 11 players named to the OUA All-Rookie Team.

For Hallett, it is his second consecutive appearance on the OUA First Team All-Stars. McMaster’s preeminent pass defender was rewarded for leading the league’s stingiest pass defence with four interceptions and six pass breakups over the course of the regular season.

Hallett, who is eligible to be drafted in the 2020 CFL Draft, was McMaster’s only return honouree in 2019, with Putt, Blake, Nield, Guy and Szott all earning all-star nods for the first time.

Like Hallett, Putt excelled during his fourth season wearing the maroon of McMaster. He concluded the regular season with the second most tackles among the Marauders with 33 solo tackles and 40.5 total takedowns, while finishing second on his team with five pass breakups. The trend continued in the semi final victory with five solo tackles and one of the squad’s two breakups on the afternoon.

Blake, who is ending his Marauder career this year, started in every game at the strong side linebacker position. He ended the regular season second on the team with 3.5 sacks and fourth with 36.5 tackles while adding a pair of breakups and an interception.

Two seasons ago Nield was a member of the OUA All-Rookie Team, but in 2019 he cracked the ranks of the all-star teams for the very first time in his career after leading all McMaster receivers this campaign. The Guelph native hauled in 38 passes for 498 yards and three touchdowns over the course of this season. During the semi final victory to send the team to the Yates Cup finals Nield would add 63 yards to his totals.

Injuries took it toll on the Marauders’ offensive line early in the season. However, the unit was stabilized by Szott and Guy and they were rewarded for it by the OUA voters who placed them on the Second Team while Burns was elected as an All-Rookie Team member.

All three of the offensive players appeared in all eight games for McMaster. With their help, McMaster produced its most potent offence in years, with an average of 432 total yards per game which ranks as the program’s best rate since 2015.

The Marauders will hit face the Western Mustangs on the afternoon of Saturday, November 9 in London with the Yates Cup on the line. The winner will move on to the Mitchell Bowl to face the Canada West representative on November 16 with a trip to the Vanier Cup on the line.