Former Kansas Jayhawks running back Jon Cornish has been named the CFL’s top offensive player twice this season, including last week. The back is originally from New Westminster, B.C.
The running back has rushed 93 times for 676 yards so far this season. Cornish has been in the CFL for seven seasons after going undrafted in 2007 coming out of Kansas.
While at Kansas, Cornish enjoyed two great seasons as a junior and senior. The back played in all 12 games as a junior, and led the team in rushing yards with 780. He was named the team’s most valuable player, despite not starting a single game.
Then as a senior, Cornish became the Jayhawks all-time single season rusher after going for 1,457 rushing yards. The back scored eight touchdowns on the ground, and had eight games topping the 100-yard mark.
After testing the rookie free agency waters, Cornish left for the Calgary Stampeders and the CFL. He saw minimal action for the first three seasons. Then in 2010, Cornish earned his shot. He was nominated as the Stampeders top player of the year after rushing for 618 yards and averaging per carry 7.3 yards. Cornish ran for 1,457 yards last season, breaking a 56-year old rushing record for the league. Cornish was named the CFL’s most outstanding Canadian.
Things have only improved this season for the back. Calgary currently has a record of 5-1 as they face BC Lions on Sunday.
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