Eskimos Head Coach Tom Higgins acknowledged Aidoo's injury history but stated the Eskimos "think he can do what we need him to do as far as blocking is concerned. Originally from Ghana, Aidoo played college football for the McMaster Marauders from 1998 to 2002.  In April 2001, Aidoo was also one of three running backs selected for the McMaster Team of the Century.  Aidoo had his best game of the season against the Toronto Varsity Blues, scoring five touchdowns in a 62–0 blowout.  In his first season with the Tiger-Cats, Aidoo recorded two special teams tackles, caught one reception for 11 yards, and rushed for another 11 yards on six carries. SERVICES, RESEARCH & The McMaster Marauders football team represents McMaster University based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.The team plays U Sports football in the Ontario University Athletics conference. Overall, McMaster's four selections were tied for second among CIS institutions with Laval (five), McMaster (four), Saskatchewan (four) and Manitoba (three). INNOVATION, GIVE  Aidoo was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football (CIAU) Rookie of the Year for the 1998 season after finishing the season with 69 carries for 435 yards and 20 receptions for 205 yards with 11 total touchdowns. He officially announced his retirement on August 27, 2007, and joined the McMaster University football coaching staff.  Head Coach Marshall praised Aidoo for his rookie season, saying he was "as good as or better a running back as a freshman as I've coached". Ray was a Second Team All-Canadian in 2002, a First Team OUA All-Star in 2002 and 2003 and a Second Team OUA All-Star in 2004. He also played on special teams.  Through the first 11 regular season games, Aidoo made two special teams tackles and rushed for 51 yards on six carries.  The Marauders finished the season with a 6–2 record and were nationally ranked as high as fifth before losing to the Laval Rouge et Or. The best shape I've ever seen him. the Canadian Football League (CFL) Canadian College Draft held today. They will represent themselves and the McMaster program very well.”. He is the leading scorer in McMaster history with 340 career points. The native of Mississauga, Ontario had 30 solo tackles and 14 assisted in the 2002 Yates Cup winning season. Aidoo played a major role on the Invictas, including rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries against the Essex Ravens.  He also competed for a spot on the special teams as a kick returner. Fifth-year kicker Michael Ray was drafted in the fourth round, 33 overall by the Montreal Alouettes. Eskimos Head Coach Higgins told the press Aidoo missed several team meetings, which played a role in his departure from the team. He was released on April 19, 2007. In the season opener against the tenth-ranked Waterloo Warriors, Aidoo was afflicted by leg cramps early in the game.  Aidoo made six special teams tackles with the Eskimos and rushed for two yards on a single carry. WORLD RESEARCH STORIES, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT  In the postseason, the Marauders won the Yates Cup by defeating the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, and Aidoo was named the most valuable player for the game with 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Marauders finished the season with a 4–4 record and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, where they lost to the first-ranked Western Ontario Mustangs 34–32. The large victory caused the Marauders to rise to third-place in the national rankings. , Following the 2002 season, Aidoo's five years of college eligibility expired. Read the original article.”. , Prior to the start of the 2001 season, Aidoo broke his leg while filming Brian's Song. His performance earned him the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding university football player in Canada, and he was honored with numerous other accolades.  His brother, Kwame Aidoo, was a cornerback for the McMaster Marauders and attended training camp with the Tiger-Cats in 2005.  In 1997, he played for the Oakville-Burlington Invictas of the Great Lakes Football League, a junior football league. Despite this, he went on to rush for 244 yards and scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game to secure a Marauders win, 41–33. The University has a broadcast quality television studio to facilitate live and pre-recorded interviews with media.  McMaster won the Yates Cup after defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 30–22, but ended their season with a loss in the Churchill Bowl for the second year in a row. [img_inline align=”right” src=”http://padnws01.mcmaster.ca/images/LumsdenJesse.jpg” caption=”Jesse Lumsden was one of four McMaster football players selected in the CFL Canadian College Draft.”]Four McMaster football players are now members of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Learn more about our experts.  He later played in one regular season game for the Argonauts in the 2007 season.  He went on to be named the CIAU Offensive Player Of The Week for scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 209 yards in a 47–15 upset of the third-ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. " Aidoo was rewarded with a spot on the active roster. Three McMaster Marauder Football players were selected in He played in 16 regular season games, mostly on special teams. , The Marauders finished their 2000 season with a record of 7–1 and emerged at the top of their division. McMaster receiver Danny Vandervoort was the first U SPORTS player chosen in the 2017 Canadian Football League Draft Sunday. Players All Players BC Lions Edmonton Football Team Calgary Stampeders Saskatchewan Roughriders Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hamilton Tiger-Cats Toronto Argonauts Ottawa REDBLACKS Montreal Alouettes Tickets He finished the season with a career-high seven special teams tackles in 17 games, along with a single reception and two carries. He went on to play for four CFL teams, spending the most time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Aidoo was most successful during the 2000 season, when he broke conference records for rushing yards and touchdowns. Lumsden also set the Ontario University Athletics Career Touchdown record (43) and career rushing mark with 4,328 yards. , The Toronto Argonauts signed Aidoo to their practice squad on October 25, 2007.  Aidoo was named the most valuable player in the OUA conference and won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding university football player in the nation.  Aidoo recorded two special teams tackles in a Week 3 game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which was Aidoo's first professional game played in his hometown.  Aidoo returned to the Marauders in mid-September.  The Tiger-Cats did not make the playoffs. , Aidoo appeared in Second String, a fictional movie about a Buffalo Bills run to the Super Bowl, as a linebacker. , Kojo Aidoo was born to James and Janet Aidoo in Ghana, but moved to Oakville, Ontario later in life. He was limited by his leg injury throughout the season, missing games and also receiving a reduced number of carries to prevent additional injury. The Oakville, Ontario resident holds the OUA Record for most career touchdowns with 39. After four years of junior football in Winnipeg with the Rifles, Tachinski has spent the last two years at McMaster.  Head Coach Greg Marshall praised Aidoo for his performance in training camp, saying "Kojo came into camp in great shape. With the track and field team, he was twice named most valuable player, participating in events including the 110 metres hurdles, shot put, and javelin.  He participated in a Canadian Football League (CFL) evaluation camp in March 2003, where he impressed commentators by bench pressing 250 pounds (110 kg). WORLD RESEARCH STORIES, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT  This led The Hamilton Spectator to speculate he would be dropped from the active roster in favor of recently signed running back Jesse Lumsden. ", The Eskimos acquired Deitan Dubuc during the offseason and intended to use him as their starting fullback, but Dubuc chose to sign with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Running Back, Kojo Aidoo, was taken by the Edmonton Eskimos as the first pick in the second round (10th overall).The 6'0″, 240 lb Aidoo was the 2001 Howard Mackie Award Recipient as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Male Athlete of the Year, and the 2000 … The Marauders were among 53 players taken by the nine Canadian Football League clubs. The 6'0″, 240 lb Aidoo was the 2001 Howard Mackie Award Recipient as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Male Athlete of the Year, and the 2000 Hec Crighton Award Recipient as the Most Outstanding CIS Football Player.