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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


TORONTO - Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish and receiver/kick-returner Chad Owens of the Toronto Argonauts are the finalists for the CFL's outstanding player award.

Cornish and Owens received the nominations Wednesday in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and the eight CFL head coaches.

Cornish ran for a CFL-high 1,457 yards this season, becoming the first Canadian to lead the league in rushing since 1988.

The native of New Westminster, B.C., also broke Norm Kwong's 56-year-old record for yards rushing in a season by a Canadian of 1,437.

Owens set a pro football record of 3,863 all-purpose yards and also led the CFL in receiving (94 catches, 1,328 yards, six TDs) and kickoff returns (71 for 1,588 yards).

Cornish and Montreal linebacker Shea Emry, of Richmond, B.C., are double finalists.

They're nominated for the CFL's top Canadian award while Emry is up against Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt for outstanding defensive player honours.

Montreal's Josh Bourke and B.C.'s Jovan Olafioye are outstanding lineman finalists for the second straight year after Bourke won it last season.

Winnipeg receiver Chris Matthews and Lions defensive lineman Jabar Westerman are top rookie nominees while Hamilton's Chris Williams and B.C.'s Tim Brown will vie for outstanding special-teams player honours.

The CFL honours its top performers Nov. 22 in Toronto.

© 2012 The Canadian Press


Anonymous said...

Am I alone in disagreeing with a player fined/suspended 3 times this season for dirty play being names as a finalist for defensive player of the year?

John said...

No Anon, no you're not... But I suppose these aren't Most Sportsmanlike awards. There's only one of those.

Anonymous said...

Better hope Cornhole wins Canadian and MVP as you know the whiny little bitch will come out crying to the media if he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Top Canadian Award will be a toss up!

- Someone who moons the crowd during a game, or
- A deliberate punch to the junk for a game ejection.

If Getzlaf hadn't dropped 30 passes this year, he'd be a shoo-in

w said...

Cornish = no class. Pure and simple.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed this press release does not once mention anyone associated with the Roughriders, Hmm ! Remaining 7 CFL franchises representing. Good luck to these deserved Individuals on their great 2012 season on the field of play.

Anonymous said...

Roughriders totally shut out !

Anonymous said...

Picard not being nominated? Just wrong. It was a revolving door all around him with injuries and yt the line did a great job with him as the anchor.

Pat B

Anonymous said...

It took the Idiot 3 more games than Norm Kwong...enough said.

Anonymous said...

Not one single Rider deserved a nomination this disastrous season.

Anonymous said...

Although I believe Cornish is Calgary's MOP, no way should he be CFL MOP. When you look at overall numbers for combined touches and yards he only gained 1 more yard than Sheets, both had 13 tds, Cornish 5 fumbles, Sheets just 1. Overage gain per touch of the football Sheets 6.4 yds, Cornish 6.0. Harris gained 35 more combined yards with 11 tds and 5 fumbles. So besides mooning 10 - 12 thousand east side fans, what was so really outstanding about Cornish's year that he should be MOP. Top Canadian for sure as I don't think low blow Emry deserves Canadian award!!

Anonymous said...

2012 CFL MOP- Chad Owens deserved for his all round play and conduct. 3,863 all purpose yards an accomplishment that the Toronto Argonauts/CFL should be very proud of. Congratulations Mr.Chad Owens for all accomplished this 2012 season and your honoured CFL nominated recognition.