Former KU Great Jon Cornish Named CFL West All-Star, Finalist For Honors
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas and current Calgary Stampeders standout running back Jon Cornish was recently named one of the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) West Division All-Stars. In addition, Cornish is in the running for two of the CFL’s top individual awards, as he is a finalist for the 2013 Player of the Year and the Canadian Player of the Year awards.
Cornish, a native of New Westminster, B.C., will attempt to become the first Canadian to be named the CFL’s top player since Tony Gabriel of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1978. The 2013 CFL rushing leader with 1,813 yards and 12 touchdowns on 258 carries, Cornish was the lone multiple finalist and one of four Stampeders to receive West Division nominations. The CFL will honor its top performers on Nov. 21.
The Division All-Stars were selected by 77 voters, including members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
Cornish, who lettered at KU from 2003-06, is the Kansas single-season rushing record holder with 1,457 yards on the ground in 2006. He ranks 10th on the KU career rushing chart with 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns on 287 carries. Additionally, he is fifth on the KU all-time list for 100-yard rushing games with 12 in his Jayhawk career.
During the course of the 2013 season Cornish was honored seven times as the Canadian Player of the Week. He was also a two-time Offensive Player of the Week award winner and picked up three of the four Canadian Player of the Month awards. He and his Stampeders teammates will host the CFL Western Division final on Sunday, Nov. 17 against the winner of the Western semi-final between Saskatchewan and BC. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
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