Michael Wakefield
No. 96     Ottawa Redblacks
Wakefield with the Redblacks in 2023
Born: (1994-01-12) January 12, 1994 (age 30)
Valdosta, Georgia
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight268 lb (122 kg)
CollegeFlorida International
Career history
As player
2016Washington Redskins*
20172020Ottawa Redblacks
20212022Montreal Alouettes
2023–presentOttawa Redblacks
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats

Michael Wakefield (born January 12, 1994) is a professional Canadian football defensive lineman for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

University career

Wakefield played college football for the FIU Panthers from 2012 to 2015.[1]

Professional career

Washington Redskins

After not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wakefield signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but was among the final training camp cuts in September 2016.[2]

Ottawa Redblacks

On June 12, 2017, Wakefield signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[3] He played in his first professional game on August 31, 2017, against the Montreal Alouettes where he recorded one defensive tackle.[4] That year, he played in six regular season games where he had four defensive tackles.[4]

In 2018, Wakefield played in 17 regular season games where he had 18 defensive tackles and three sacks.[4] He also played in his first career post-season games, in the East Final and the 106th Grey Cup.[4] However, he did not record any statistics in the championship game as the Redblacks lost to the Calgary Stampeders.[4] He re-signed with the Redblacks to a one-year extension on December 14, 2018.[5] He had 32 defensive tackles, four sacks, and one interception in 16 games in 2019 as the Redblacks missed the post-season.[4]

Wakefield re-signed with the Redblacks on January 20, 2020, but did not play that year due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season.[6] He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 9, 2021.[7]

Montreal Alouettes

On February 9, 2021, it was announced that Wakefield had signed with the Montreal Alouettes.[8] He played in 12 regular season games where he had 23 defensive tackles and four sacks.[4] In 2022, he played in 14 regular season games where he recorded 20 defensive tackles and three sacks.[4] His contract expired on February 14, 2022.[9]

Ottawa Redblacks (II)

On February 14, 2023, Wakefield signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[9]

Personal life

Wakefield was born to parents James and Alfrenett Wakefield.[1] He has four siblings, Lakeshia, Akeem, Jamie, and Jeremy.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Michael Wakefield". FIU Panthers. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Wakefield sets sights on adding grit, drive to Alouettes' defensive line". Montreal Gazette. July 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Transactions | June 12, 2017". Ottawa Redblacks. 12 June 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michael Wakefield". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "Redblacks re-sign Tindal, Wakefield, bring back Deloatch". Ottawa Redblacks. December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Redblacks re-sign three defensive linemen". Ottawa Redblacks. 20 January 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "Sewell, Ackie, Levels and other big names at defence!". Montreal Alouettes. February 9, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 7, 2023.