On Friday, the Jon Cornish Trophy reduced the list of candidates five. Given to the most outstanding Canadian player on the NCAA Football circuit, the remaining few remain under evaluation from a panel consisting of former talent from the country. Hailing from Ontario and Alberta respectively, Neville Gallimore and Chuba Hubbard remain in contention as two of the five finalists.
As a junior, the defensive lineman appeared in all thirteen games for the Oklahoma Sooners. Helping to anchor a group of young bud talented defensive players on the field, Gallimore provided stability for a College Football Playoff caliber program. By the end of the season, the experience 6-3 lineman racked up a career high 50 tackles as well as five tackles for loss and two forced fumbled. Clearly a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the line, Gallimore earned a Big 12 Team Honorable Mention.
Joining Gallimore as one of five finalists is Oklahoma Stater running back Chuba Hubbard.
Although Hubbard sat behind the likes of Justice Hill, the back showcased the talent in the bowl game by racking up 145 yards on 18 carries. Throughout the duration of the year, Hubbard carried the ball 124 times and averaged seven yards per carry. Crossing the goal line seven times, the back provides stability at the position for the upcoming season. Yet, Hubbard proved to be a threat when coming out of the backfield as well. Consistently catching the ball thrown his direction, the redshirt freshman added another 229 yards through the air.
Set to be announced in March, the winner of the trophy will receive the prize at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.