Stampeders RB Cornish favourite to win MOP in pass-happy CFL

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish pushes off with Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Henoc...

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish pushes off with Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Henoc Muamba at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Oct. 5, 2013. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

CFL teams are running less than they have in several seasons, yet the leading name for the league's most outstanding player award is still a running back.

It's just a different running back than it was earlier in the year. First it was Saskatchewan's Kory Sheets, and now it's Calgary's Jon Cornish.

And the fact Cornish is getting a lot of love makes it doubly interesting because a Canadian hasn't won the MOP honour since Tony Gabriel did it in 1978 -- or six years before Cornish was born.

The New Westminster, B.C., native has been a steady performer all season, but he didn't put up the gaudy numbers early like Sheets did. Other teams have found a way to cool off Sheets, and then he sprained his knee.

Meanwhile, Cornish kept humming behind a dominant offensive line and is now a front-runner for the award along with the likes of Fred Stamps, Chip Cox, Henry Burris and Sheets.


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