Cornish believes he's an underdog to win Most Outstanding Player award
Stamps running back believes he’s an underdog to win against Toronto’s Chad Owens
TORONTO - Maybe he was using it as a defence mechanism, just in case, or perhaps he was merely playing the swarm of media attending Wednesday’s West Division luncheon availability with the ease of Heifetz drawing his bow against the strings of a violin. But Jon Cornish insists he’d done due diligence with the math.
And Most Outstanding Player just doesn’t add up.
“Absolutely, it’d be really cool,” acknowledged the Calgary Stampeders’ electrifying tailback, a day before the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards presentation. “But when you’re up against a player as distinguished as Chad Owens ...
“I’ve never been one to believe that I’m deserving of awards. I’ve just been trying to help my team. And in this particular case, up against a player as great, as game-changing as Chad Owens, well, I wouldn’t speak too highly of my own chances.
“I’ve looked at the percentages. I’ve weighed the opinions and stuff, and I’m putting my percentages at about 33 per cent.
“So I’m hedging my bets.”
The candidates for MOP arrive armed with record-bustin’ seasons. Cornish became the first Canuck in 24 years, since Orville Lee in ’88, to lead the loop in rushing (1,457) and in the process powered past an iconic record, Normie Kwong’s 56-year-old homegrown seasonal standard. Owens, meanwhile, eclipsed Pinball Clemons’ combined yards record of 3,840, set in 1997.
Cornish is an absolute lock for the Most Outstanding Canadian bauble.
But MOP voting figures to be a tight affair.
“As I said before, it’d be huge honour. It’d be a testament to how far Canadians have come. I’m just the first, maybe the second — Andy Fantuz had a great season two years ago. We’ve led two statistical categories in three years. I think Canadians can really bring the ‘C’ back into the CFL.
“There’s one thing that I seek, and it’s be to be feared. I want to strike fear in my opponent. Whether I have the ball or not, the last few weeks teams have keyed on me. I appreciate that. Because we have so many other weapons, if you key on me we’re going to strike you with the other ones.
“If I’m on the field, I like the opportunity to look people in the eye and say ‘You’d better stop me, ’cause you ain’t stopping everybody else.’ ”
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