According to the Canadian Press on Sunday, Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish will play today when the Stampeders play the Ottawa Redblacks at TD Place Stadium in the capital city of Canada. Cornish had been out of the Stampeders lineup since suffering a concussion in Calgary's 29-8 win over the Montreal Alouettes in Calgary's opening game of the season on June 28.
Over the last two months, the Stampeders have used Matt Walter, Jock Sanders, Martell Mallett, and Rob Cote to run the football. Charles was actually more than adequate a week ago as he rushed 102 yards on 14 carries in a 30-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Cornish's presence in the Calgary lineup is extremely valuable. The native of New Westminster, British Columbia and product of the University of Kansas, was not only the most valuable player and the most outstanding Canadian in the Canadian Football League last season, he also won the Lou Marsh Trophy as the top Canadian athlete in 2013. Cornish became the fourth football player to win the award, joining Joe Krol of the Toronto Argonauts in 1946, Bob McFarlane of the University of Western Mustangs in 1950 and Russ Jackson of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1969.
The Stampeders are currently in second place in the Western Division, but with a win over the expansion Redblacks, can move back into first place. The Stampeders are currently at 6-1 and have given up the fewest points in the Canadian Football League this season. At 114 points, they have given up 21 fewer points than the Saskatchewan Roughriders who are at 135 points against.
This will be Calgary's first game in Ottawa since losing to the Ottawa Renegades on July 16, 2005 by a score of 33-18. Calgary lost won in Ottawa on October 5, 1996 when they beat the Ottawa Rough Riders by a score of 31-24. The Stampeders never beat the Renegades in Ottawa when they were in the CFL from 2002-2005.