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Reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year

By Ryan Watters, 06/17/24, 6:00AM PDT

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Linebacker Noah Nelson of the Ottawa Sooners

He blasted onto the CJFL scene last year with the Ottawa Sooners and made an immediate impact.

Linebacker Noah Nelson compiled 21 tackles, had seven assists, 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble and intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and was named the CJFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

His strength is crowding the box and has a knack for stopping the run.  He has a high football IQ and can read the opposition’s offence when they come to the line.

Outside of the team goals of winning an Ontario title and hosting the Canadian Bowl, Noah has a personal goal of strengthening the mental aspect on and off the field to become the best all around athlete he can be.

He’s played just one year in the CJFL but it was filled with personal highlights.  The one that stands out doesn’t really show up in the stats sheet and might be forgotten quickly by Sooners fans, but to Noah, his massive hit on a kick-off against the St Clair Saints is his favourite play to date.  He is a player that feeds off of making big plays.

Speaking of the Saints, his favourite CJFL game thus far came against the Ontario champs.  The game was his first at St. Clair on September 23, 2023 and the atmosphere was second to none.

He’s looking to build off a very successful rookie campaign and is looking forward to opening the season on August 17th when his Sooners host the Hamilton Hurricanes.

Noah Nelson is a CJFL Player to Watch in 2024.