Former KU Standout Jon Cornish Named CFL Player Of The Week

By: KU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: KU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

LAWRENCE, Kan. Former Kansas and current Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Gibson's Finest CFL Offensive and Canadian Player of the Week for Week 7. Cornish ran for 175 yards on 16 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns to help the Stampeders knock off the undefeated Roughriders, 42-27 at McMahon Stadium on Friday night.

The New Westminster, BC native was able to win the battle between the top rushers in the league against Saskatchewan's Kory Sheets. After Cornish's big game this week, he has racked up 676 yards along the ground this season and leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns.

Cornish, who lettered at KU from 2003-06, scored touchdowns from 32, 14, 2, and 1 yard out. His longest rush of the game was 53 yards.

Cornish is the Kansas single-season rushing record holder with 1,457 yards on the ground in 2006. He ranks 10th on the KU career rushing chart with 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns on 287 carries. Additionally, he is fourth on the KU all-time list for 100-yard rushing games with 12 in his Jayhawk career.

Cornish and his Calgary teammates will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 17, when they play travel to the BC Lions at 8 p.m. He is one of three Kansas alums playing in the CFL as Raymond Brown plays defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Marcus Henry plays wide receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos.


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