He was clearly seen as the standout of the five finalists.
What is the Cornish Trophy?
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. The Cornish Trophy itself is on permanent display at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton.
Why is it called that?
The trophy is named after Canadian RB Jon Cornish. Cornish had a successful college career with the Kansas Jayhawks. In 2006, he rushed for 1,457 yards, making him the all-time single-season rusher at Kansas.
Chuba Hubbard had a great year
Hubbard had an outstanding year for the Cowboys. A year which saw him finish the 2019 season as season as the FBS leader in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, 200-yard rushing games and all-purpose yards per game.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Hubbard was also named a unanimous All-American, and the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Further, he was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, and finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Hubbard was the NCAA’s rushing leader last season with 2,094 yards and 21 TDs, averaging 161.1 yards per game. He added 23 catches for 198 yards.
Not to mention, Hubbard rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his last 11 games, which was the longest active streak in the nation. He also led the country with 15 rushes of 30 yards or longer, nine rushes of 40 yards or longer, seven rushes of 50 yards or longer, five rushes of 60 yards or longer, three rushes of 70 yards or longer, two rushes of 80 yards or longer and one rush of 90 yards or longer.
He was the only Big 12 player to average over 100 rushing yards per game this season. And his 2,094 rushing yards was the second-most in school history behind College Football and Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. Who ran for 2,850 yards for the Cowboys in winning the ’88 Heisman Trophy.
An unusual Time
Like everything else this award has been affected by the Covid-19 virus. This year the Trophy was awarded via live stream on YouTube.
It had originally been planned to present the award to Hubbard at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on April 18.
Organizers have promised to bring the trophy to him to place his signature on the back. Signing the trophy is a tradition that is just beginning. They will want to maintain that tradition with the second signee.
Look out for Hubbard next season as he will be returning for his final year at OSU.
Banner Image: Chuba Hubbard on the move. Image from cbssports.com