John Metchie III has been named the winner of the Cornish Trophy for the 2020 NCAA football season. He was selected as the standout player from a final list of six athletes. His name will be the third to be engraved on the trophy in its’ first four years of existence.
That is because it was won in 2017 & 2018 by Nathan Rourke QB from the Ohio Bobcats. Rourke would later be drafted by the BC Lions in the 2020 CFL Draft. After that Oklahoma State RB Chubba Hubbard collected the award for the 2019 season.
Hubbard was sibsequently drafted by the Carolina Panthers this year, and a as a risky ‘futures pick‘ by the Calgary Stampeders.
Wait, what’s the Cornish Trophy?
You can read in more details about the trophy here. But the basics are simple. It is an award given out annually to the student athlete who has been the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA Football.
For the 2020-21 selection, reviewing the 2020 college ball season there were 20 panelists. That panel consists of a list of media, Football Canada-related personnel and CFL player personnel staff. 16 players were longlisted before that was narrowed to the final 6 from which Metchie III was chosen as the winner.
As noted over on cfl.ca this was a close vote. The leading candidates were Metchie III and Amen Ogbongbemiga of Oklahoma State. Metchie took the vote 94-91 with 8 first place votes and because of a consistent collection of second and third choices from the national panel.
John Metchie III – A deserving winner
Metchie III is a Canadian citizen who was born in Taiwain and has lived in Ghana as well as attending high school in the USA. A cosmopolitan background that eventually saw him find his way to the Crimson Tide football team.
He started out as a true freshman at Alabama in 2019 and had 4 catches for 23 yards in 13 games. Metchie III would have been expecting to be third on the depth chart. But injury to Jaylen Waddle saw his role expanded.
After Alabama’s match against Tennesse where he had 7 catches (6 for first downs) covering 151 yards he was added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Eventually the 2020 season would see him make 55 catches for 916 yards and 6 TD’s. At an average of 16.7 yards per catch. He was one of three starting Wide Receivers in the 2021 national championship game that Alabama won. Making him the first Canadian member of an NCAA National Champion in 17 years.
Like everything else this award has been affected by the Covid-19 virus. For the second year in a row the Trophy was awarded via live stream on YouTube.
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