UND RB is finalist for top Canadian in US college football
Pat Sweeney | Jan 25, 2019 AT 4:23 pm
In conjunction with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, senior running back Brady Oliveira has been named as a finalist for the second annual Jon Cornish Trophy. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Canadian player in collegiate football.
The nominees are selected by a panel of former NCAA players with a connection to Canada, scouting staff from CFL teams, and media who cover college football from a Canadian perspective. The evaluation is solely based on the player's performance in the 2018 NCAA season. This season, there were 139 Canadian football student-athletes on NCAA, NAIA, and junior college rosters. A panel selected 16 players to evaluate in the first round of voting, which was narrowed down to five finalists.
Oliveira, the lone senior and FCS nominee, ended his UND career with a strong 2018 season that helped the Fighting Hawks to a 6-5 record. The Winnipeg native finished with 1,044 all-purpose yards, accumulating an average of 94.9 total yards per game. On the ground, Oliveira spearheaded a three-headed rushing attack of himself, John Santiago, and James Johannsson with a team-high 940 yards, 161 carries, and eight touchdowns. He registered four 100-yard rushing games, including a pair of 150+ performances. Oliveira erupted for a career day at Idaho on Nov. 3, rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
The trophy will be presented to the winner at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, located in Hamilton, Ontario, in March where the trophy will be on permanent display.
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame, Abbotsford, B.C.
Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Ont.
Chuba Hubbard, RB/RET, Oklahoma State, Sherwood Park, Alberta
Brady Oliveira, RB, North Dakota, Winnipeg, Man.
Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio, Oakville, Ont.
About Jon Cornish
The trophy was named after former Calgary Stampeder running back Jon Cornish. The graduate of St. Thomas More Secondary in Burnaby, BC, Cornish had a distinguished career in college at Kansas. In his senior year of 2006 with the Jayhawks, he rushed for 1,457 yards, making him the all-time single season rusher at Kansas. Cornish was the Big 12's leader in all-purpose yards and as the ninth leading rusher in the FBS. With the Stampeders from 2007-2015, he became the most productive Canadian-born running back in CFL history with 6,844 yards rushing, won the league's Most Outstanding Canadian Award three times, was the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2013, and was named Canada's Athlete of the Year in 2013.