Stamps running back's energetic overload

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

CALGARY - Energy drinks often promise long-lasting oomph without the crash, but Jon Cornish was getting into all types of collisions using it.

For the first three games this season, part of Cornish’s pre-game ritual was to down an energy drink.

By the time kickoff came around, he was bursting with verve.

“I naturally get amped up for games,” said the Calgary Stampeders running back. “I was finding myself too amped up.

“I think that stuff helped my special teams play. I was laying big hits that I’m normally not known for.

“But it didn’t help my offensive play. It was making me less patient than I should be.”

So when the Stamps were facing the Edmonton Eskimos last Saturday at McMahon Stadium, Cornish avoided drinking one.

Voila! Time for an offensive breakout from the running back, who was named TSN analyst Duane Forde’s pre-season pick as top Canadian player in the CFL.

His first carry against the Eskimos went 20 yards. Two carries later, he ripped off another 20-yard burst, and in the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass and went 36 yards to dive into the endzone.

The 94 yards from scrimmage were easily a season high, and it’s all thanks to going natural.

Cornish leads the Stamps with five special teams tackles, and he knocked out Toronto Argonauts returner Chad Owens in the season opener with a huge wallop, but his offensive numbers were sagging.

Not anymore.

“I was a bit more anxious to get to the hole rather than being patient,” Cornish said about the energy drink. “That really helped in everything I did in the game. I was able to see the whole field as I should instead of trying to rush or get to the hole quickly.”

Cornish is changing up his routine again this week, but only because the Stampeders are facing the Roughriders.

Usually, Cornish would be on the Roughriders fan forum discussing all things CFL. Now, he’s staying off it until after Saturday night’s matchup.

Cornish loves interacting with the folks in Riderville, even if they aren’t often pleasant towards him.

Although the 26-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., uses an alias when posting, he said it was obvious that fans know it’s him. Even his Facebook page gets trash-talkers from the stubblejumpers.

“I completely understand you support another team. The amount of personal attacks that go on, for me it’s fun because it’s additional fuel,” Cornish said.

“I don’t think they realize everything they say is helping me prepare to come out and show them what football is like.

“The best CFL forum is Rider Fans. They are only the best because they are the biggest.

“There are a few staunch fans who only believe in the Green and White. They literally hate everything that isn’t Riders. It’s not as simple as I don’t like you because you play for the other team. There is true hate there. It’s interesting for me to see from a psychological perspective.”


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