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VANCOUVER – For the second time in five seasons, there is a back-to-back winner of the award given to the top Canadian in NCAA football.

Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, John Metchie III is the winner of the fifth Jon Cornish Trophy for the top Canadian in NCAA Football as selected by a panel of voters comprised of media across Canada. Metchie joins Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke (2017, 2018) as a two-time award winner. He is the first unanimous selection as winner.

Last year’s winner of the Cornish Trophy followed up 2020 with an even better 2021. Metchie started 13 games in 2021, garnering second-team All-SEC honors with a team-high 96 receptions (1,142 yards, 11.9 per rec., eight TDs) before suffering a torn ACL in the conference title game (6-97-1) and missing the team’s playoff run.

The ‘keeper’ trophy was presented to John Metchie III during Football Weekend in Canada in 2021 for his achievements in 2020-21 with the Alabama Crimson Tide as a sophomore. This year’s keeper will feature Metchie in a white uniform at his request.

He piled up four +100-yard receiving games; versus Arkansas (10-173-1), Auburn (13-150, along with two 2-pt. conversions), Tennessee (11-121-2), and Mississippi State (7-117-1).“It feels great. It’s always great to be recognized by your country and your peers,” Metchie said. “Just like last year, this is an honour I share with my family.

In terms of NFL Draft preparations, Metchie says he’s ahead of schedule in his knee rehabilitation.

“I definitely have a history of facing adversity both on the field and off of it, and this isn’t anything different,” Metchie said during his virtual acceptance.

“Recovery-wise, my knee has been doing really well, and I’m ahead of schedule. No speed bumps over the last four months, and I’ve been running for over a month now.”

Metchie was born in Taiwan and lived in Ghana before moving to Canada at the age of six. In Ontario, he started his football path, then shifted stateside to play high school football in Hagerstown, Md., and post-secondary at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

The runner-up is Illinois Illini running back Chase Brown. After a slow start, the London, Ontario native caught fire and led Illinois with 170 carries for 1,005 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns, and 14 receptions for 142 receiving yards in 2021. He finished third in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (100.5), fifth in the Big Ten, and 27th in the nation in rushing yards per carry (5.9). Highlights included a 257-yard day against Charlotte and a 223-yard outing in an upset at Penn State.

Ontario natives dominated the voting as this was the first time all five finalists hailed from a single province. The patrons have awarded the Cornish Trophy presentations before the CFL and NFL Drafts. In 2022, the upcoming trophy will be awarded in December

VOTING:John Metchie III               Jr./WR                Alabama/Brampton, Ontario*Chase Brown                      Jr./RB                   Illinois/London, Ontario                 Jesse Luketa                       Sr./LB-E               Penn State/Ottawa, Ontario                           Nick Mardner                     Jr./WR                  Hawai’i/Mississauga, Ontario       Jarred Wayne                     Jr./WR                  Pitt/Peterborough, Ontario

*Unanimous selection.  

PREVIOUS WINNERS:2017-18 Nathan Rourke   So./QB Ohio Bobcats/Oakville, Ontario2018-19 Nathan Rourke   Jr./QB  Ohio Bobcats/Oakville, Ontario2019-20 Chuba Hubbard  So./RB  Oklahoma State Cowboys/Sherwood Park, AB2020-21 John Metchie III So./WR Alabama Crimson Tide/Brampton, Ontario2021-22 John Metchie III Jr./WR  Alabama Crimson Tide/Brampton, Ontar

ABOUT THE CORNISH TROPHY: The Jon Cornish Trophy is awarded annually to the Canadian student-athlete selected as the most outstanding player in NCAA Football. The winner is chosen by voters consisting of Canadian journalists and panellists from the TSN Krown Gridiron Nation TV programs. The award is named after Jon Cornish, a former high school football player from British Columbia, a college standout running back at the University of Kansas. Cornish later went on to win three Most Outstanding Canadian awards and a 2013 Most Outstanding Player award in the CFL as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. His 2013 season was capped off by winning the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete. The award has been presented since 2017. The trophy is presented at and in conjunction with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton, Ontario, on an annual basis and is on permanent display there.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:Jim MullinPresident, Football CanadaE: jim@northern8.comT: 778-996-7398

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