Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard won the third annual Cornish Trophy, which is awarded to the top Canadian NCAA football player, on Wednesday.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta native rushed for a FBS-best 2,094 yards, 161.1 yards per game, 179.5 all-purpose yards per game, 11 consecutive 100-yard rushing games and four 200-yard rushing games. He was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both the coaches and the Associated Press and earned unanimous All-American honors.
Hubbard was scheduled to receive the award prior to OSU’s April 20 spring game, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the announcement was held virtually. He will sign the back of trophy in the fall prior to it residing at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton, Ontario.
Hubbard received all but one first-place vote with Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool of Abbotsford, British Columbia earning the lone outliner. Claypool finished second in voting with 75 votes, followed by Oklahoma defensive lineman Neville Gallimore of Ottawa, Ontario (45); two-time Cornish Trophy winner and Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke of Oakville, Ontario (43); and OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga of Calgary, Alberta (34).
Hubbard and Rourke tied for first for the award in 2019, but Rourke won it based on having one more first-place vote between the two.
Ogbongbemiga had 100 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season. He was named a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches and was named OSU’s Leslie O’Neal Award winner as team MVP of the defense.