Who will win the Cornish Trophy? Hopefully in years to come fans of american football from Canada and beyond will ask that question on an annual basis with a sense of anticipation.
On March 14th the winner of the second annual presentation of the award will be announced.
The trophy originated last year and was created to celebrate Canadian talent in the NCAA.
How it is judged
The nominees are selected by a panel of former NCAA players with a connection to Canada, scouting staff from CFL teams and media who cover college football from a Canadian perspective.
All evaluations pertain solely to performances from the last season alone.
Five finalists have been selected to vie for the trophy which will be presented at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Whoever wins the award will have been selected by a panel as ‘the most Outstanding Canadian’ in the NCAA.
Rourke won the inaugural Cornish Trophy last year. He started all 13 games for the Bobcats as a dual threat quarterback leading Ohio to a MAC championship via a 9-4 record. A win in the Frisco Bowl followed.
Rourke went on 164-of-274 (59.9%) for 2,434 yards and 23 TDs. He also carried the ball 134 times for 860 yards, and 15 TDs. He was selected as a second team all-conference QB
It was good year for the Fighting Irish as they qualified for the college playoffs.
As part of that run Claypool was a consistent target at wide receiver for Notre Dame’s quarterbacks. He finished second on the Irish with 639 receiving yards on 50 receptions and four TDs.
Perhaps his season highlight came against Northwestern where he had eight receptions for 130 yards and was awarded the game ball.
Playing as a junior Gallimore, started in 13 of 14 games and recorded career highs of 50 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.
He also made five tackles in the Big 12 Championship win over No. 9 Texas. As well as having four tackles against No. 1 Alabama in the CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl.
Hubbard rushed 124 times for 740 yards (6.0 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns. He also served as OSU’s primary kickoff returner and averaged 22.2 yards on 23 kickoff returns, with a long of 42 yards.
Hubbard finished with a season-best 145 rushing yards on 18 carries in OSU’s win over Missouri in the Liberty Bowl.
He helped the Cowboys rank in the top 15 nationally in scoring offense, total offense, passing offense and first downs.
The only senior on the list. Throughout the season he carried the ball
161 times for 940 yards, with an average of 5.8 yards per carry and added eight touchdowns.
He finished the season with 1,044 all-purpose yards for an average of 94.9 per game.
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