Jon Cornish knew the impact he could make if given the right chance.
Now, the rest of the CFL knows.
The backup Calgary Stampeders running back was named the CFL’s Canadian of the week for his 97 yards from scrimmage in a 40-20 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday.
“I didn’t score any touchdowns. I had one big run, but I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” Cornish said.
The Stamps also picked up a second honour, as receiver Romby Bryant was named offensive player of the week.
Bryant had seven receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard bomb in the third quarter to breaking things open.
“They both had excellent games,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “I enjoyed how Romby rebounded from the Toronto game. He was a factor.
“Jon Cornish got past the line of scrimmage and made things happen. I know he’s pleased with the opportunity and I look forward to more to come. We’ve had full confidence in Jon and we knew this would come.”
Cornish had five carries for 77 yards against the Riders. His 50-yarder is also a career-high.
“Everybody knew I could do that, in terms of the coaching staff,” Cornish said. “I just had to get it done on the field. As time goes on, the plan is to see more of that.”
Arthur given a look
The Stamps could be making another change on their offence, although not in a starting position.
Receiver Jabari Arthur practised Tuesday and took some turns with the first team at slotback.
Arthur, who didn’t play in 2009 due to a foot injury, could be inserted into the lineup against his former team in favour of rookie Johnny Forzani.
“He’s running hard. He has a good grasp of the offence and his special teams duties,” Hufnagel said. “It will be a decision I have to make at the end of this week.”
In order to get everyone’s attention Tuesday, Hufnagel gathered for a huddle before starting drills. “I needed to say something to the team,” Hufnagel said. “I took that opportunity to express it.” ... Players wore retro-style helmets in practice in preparation to use them in the Aug. 15 game against Edmonton ... Stamps DB Brandon Smith (groin) sat out practice Tuesday, while LB Ray Cheatam took turns in his halfback spot.