According to the Canadian Press, Calgary Stampeders running back John Cornish of New Westminster, British Columbia was named the Canadian Football League player of the week for week 10 of the Canadian Football League schedule. Cornish ran 163 yards and had two yards receiving in a 28-13 Calgary win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday.
Cornish was also named the CFL's top Canadian for week 10. With the victory, the Stampeders moved into first place in the Western Division with a record of eight wins and one loss. The Stampeders currently lead the Eskimos and the defending Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders by two points. Edmonton and Saskatchewan are each at seven wins and two losses.
Monday was only Cornish's third game this season. The product of the University of Kansas and reigning winner of the Lou Marsh Award as the top Canadian sports athlete, suffered a concussion in the Stampeders' regular season debut in a 29-8 win over the Montreal Alouettes.
Remarkably, despite missing six games, Cornish leads the Stampeders with 304 rushing yards. Despite the fact the Stampeders went 5-1 in Cornish's absence, the Stampeders running attack could not get going (other than a great performance by Hugh Charles of 102 yards in Hamilton on August 16).
Cornish will have a chance to have a repeat performance against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. The Stampeders and Eskimos will have an extra day of rest this year as usually the Labour Day rematch has been on a Friday, but was changed in 2014 at the Eskimos' request.
Also in week 10, Ricky Foley of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was the defensive player of the week. Foley had a forced fumble, two sacks and three tackles in Saskatchewan's 35-30 win over Winnipeg. The win moved Saskatchewan into second place in the Western Division.