Chase Brown wins the Cornish Trophy

Chase Brown wins the Cornish Trophy
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Chase Brown wins the Cornish Trophy

Illinois running back Chase Brown is the latest player to be awared the Cornish Trophy. Being named winner of the award for the 2022 NCAA football season.

His name will be the fourth to be engraved on the trophy in its’ first six years of existence. That is because last year it was won by John Metchie III for a second time. Previously it had been won twice by recent CFL MOP Natahn Rourke also.

Winners: 2017 & 2018: Nathan Rourke QB (Ohio Bobcats). 2019: Chuba Hubbard RB (Oklahoma State). 2020 & 2021: John Metchie III WR (Alabama). 2022: Chase Brown RB (Illinois).

Wait, what’s the Cornish Trophy?

You can read in more details about the trophy here. But the basics are simple. This is an annual award given out to the student athlete who has been the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA Football.

Chase Brown is only the second unanimous selection as winner in the short history of the trophy.

Chase Brown: A unanimous selection

This is Chase Brown’s second nomination for the Cornish Trophy. This time he took it home. Because the Cornish Trophy voting committee were unanimous in their choice. Chase Brown took home the trophy ahead of Ohio Bobcats junior quarterback Kurtis Rourke, (brother of Nathan), who finished second. Brown’s own brother Sydney, a senior defensive back and teammate on the Illinois Fighting Illini, was third in voting.

Brown was ranked the No. 1 Canadian prospect by the Canadian Football League’s central scouting bureau.

This came after his second 1,000 yard rushing season in Illinois. With 1,643 rushing yards, Chase Brown finished second in the NCAA and first in the Power Five.

He was a Doak Walker Award finalist as one of the top three RBs in the NCAA; a Maxwell Award semifinalist as one of the top 20 offensive players in the game; and a Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist as one of the top 22 college players.

Brown was also a Senior Bowl All-American, and an All-Big Ten second team all-star. For more details on the superlatives of his 2022 season check out this article from the CFL.

Banner image: Brown in action for Illinois. Image from blackheartgoldpants.com

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