The division finalists for the Canadian Football League awards were determined by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
Cornish ran for 1,457 yards this season as he broke Normie Kwong’s 56-year-old single-season rushing record for Canadians. The total also allowed him to win the 2012 CFL rushing title by 180 yards over his closest pursuer. Cornish became the eighth Stamp to win a rushing crown as he joins a group that includes Earl Lunsford (1961), Lovell Coleman (1963, 1964), Hugh McKinnis (1970), Willie Burden (1975), James Sykes (1980, 1981), Gary Allen (1986) and Joffrey Reynolds (2008, 2009).
Cornish’s rushing total this past season was the best in the CFL since 2009, the second-best since 2006 and the seventh-best single-season total in franchise history. He shared the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns and was also a threat in the passing game as he had 38 catches for 338 yards and two scores.
The 28-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., was named the CFL’s Canadian player of the month in August, September and October/November. He was also voted Canadian player of the week on seven occasions and offensive player of the week once.
Cornish will go up against Toronto receiver Chad Owens for the Most Outstanding Player award and Montreal linebacker Shea Emry for the Most Outstanding Canadian honour. It’s the first time a Stampeders player has been the West Division finalist for both the Outstanding Player and Outstanding Canadian awards since David Sapunjis in 1995.
The winners will be announced during Grey Cup week on Thursday, Nov. 22 in Toronto.