TORONTO -- Kory Sheets, Chip Cox, Bo Bowling and Jon Cornishwere named the Gibson’s Finest Players of the Week for Week 17 of the 2013 Canadian Football League season.
The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17. Sheets rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (5.9 YPC) in Saskatchewan’s win 35-14 win over BC.
Sheets scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge, while his longest rush in the game was 41 yards. He also factored into the passing game, catching three passes for seven yards. It was the ninth 100-yard rushing game by Sheets this season, tying him with George Reed for the franchise record.
For the season, the Purdue product is second in the league in rushing with 1,556 yards and is trailing Jon Cornish by 134 yards. This marks the third Gibson’s Finest CFL Offensive Player of the Week award for Sheets, his prior achievements arrived in Weeks 2 and 9.
Montreal Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17. Cox recorded six tackles, a special teams tackle, and two sacks in Montreal’s convincing 36-5 win over Hamilton.
Cox, a former standout at Ohio, leads the CFL with 104 tackles in 16 games this season. Cox also has eight sacks and four interceptions.
Montreal Alouettes kick-returner Bo Bowling was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 17. In his first game of the season, Bowling had five punt returns, amassing 118 yards (23.6 return average) including a 58-yard return in Montreal’s home win over Hamilton.
Bowling, a third-year player out of Oklahoma State University, originally announced his retirement earlier in the year after an injury, but changed his decision after fully recovering from his ligament injury.
Bowling also caught two receptions in the game for 23 yards.
Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 17. Cornish ran for 145 yards on 19 carries (7.6 YPC) to help Calgary win the final installment of the battle of Alberta, 27-13.
Cornish also added a reception for 12 yards in the game.
The seven-year veteran from New Westminster, BC has continued his hot streak as of late. In the past four games, Cornish has rushed for 597 yards on only 66 carries (9.0 YPC).
The Kansas University product is only 106 yards away to break Willie Burden’s franchise record of 2,127 yards from scrimmage in a season, which was set in 1975.
Cornish currently leads the CFL in rushing (1,690 yards) and touchdowns (13) this season, with two weeks left in the 2013 season. Cornish has won Gibson’s Finest CFL Canadian Player of the Week six times this season, including in Weeks 1, 7, 11,15 and 16.