Alaric Jackson

OTTAWA & VANCOUVER The race for the top Canadian player in the NCAA is down to the  final vote. Six Canadian athletes are on the final ballot for the fourth Jon Cornish Trophy as  selected by a panel of voters comprised of professional scouts and media across Canada.  

The patrons have awarded previous Cornish Trophy presentations before the CFL and NFL  Drafts. Due to FCS spring football extending into May, the decision was made to extend the  process. Athletes are required 66 percent or more on the first ballot to advance to the final vote.  

Four of the finalists list their home as the province of Ontario, while two – including 2019-20  winner Chuba Hubbard – hail from Alberta. The trophy will be presented on May 24. 



Senior RS/Safety - Pickering, ON/West Virginia 

The transfer from New Hampshire immediately asserted himself as a leader on a  dynamic West Virginia defensive unit. In 10 games, he was second in tackles for the  Mountaineers and tops in solo tackles with 38. He was led WVU in pass defence with  two interceptions and seven pass breakups. A graduate of St. Mary’s (ON), he  reclassified for a year at the Peddie School in New Jersey.  


Junior RS/Running Back - Sherwood Park, AB/Oklahoma State 

The leading rusher in the NCAA in 2019, the All-American and defending Cornish  Trophy winner played through an injury-riddled 2020 year. Earned a spot on the AFCA  Allstate Good Works Team for his work in the community, most notably for creating the  non-profit organization Your Life, Your Choice, which exists to provide opportunities  for underprivileged youths. 

A first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree was also a second-team All-Big 12 selection  despite missing four games and being slowed by injury in two others. He played in only  seven games but still finished with 625 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.  Averaged 89.3 rushing yards per game playing behind an offensive line was ravaged by  injuries. He had six rushes of 20 yards or longer, highlighted by a spectacular 32-yard  touchdown run against Iowa State. The Carolina Panthers drafted him in the fourth  round of the 2021 NFL Draft.


Senior/Offensive Tackle - Windsor, ON (Detroit, MI)/Iowa 

Jackson started all 42 games he dressed for Iowa. In 2020, he was selected second-team  All-America by AFCA, third-team All-America by Phil Steele, first-team All-Big Ten by  league coaches and media, first-team All-Big Ten by Associated Press and Phil Steele  and named to Outland Trophy preseason watch list.  

He started all eight games at left tackle. He played every offensive down in 24-20 loss  at Purdue as the offense gained 460 yards total offense. He played every offensive down  in a 21-20 loss to Northwestern. He started at left tackle in a 49-7 win over Michigan  State as the offense rushed for 226 yards and gained 405 total yards. He started at left  tackle in a 35-7 win at Minnesota as the offense rushed for 235 yards. He started at left  tackle and played every offensive down in 41-21 win at Penn State as the offense gained  175 net rushing yards. He started at left tackle and played every offensive down in a 26- 

20 win over Nebraska. He started at left tackle in a 35-21 win at Illinois as offense gained  424 yards total offense. He started at left tackle and played every offensive down in a  28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin. 


Sophomore/Receiver - Brampton, ON/Alabama 

Metchie began the year as the Tide's No. 3 wideout and expanded his role following the  injury to Jaylen Waddle. He averaged 16.7 yards per catch to rank seventh in the SEC,  totalling 916 yards and six touchdowns on 55 catches.  

He converted a first down or scored a touchdown on 35 of his receptions as a  sophomore. He was added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List after the Tennessee  matchup. He was selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Alabama  coaches for his play against Texas A&M. He was named a special teams player of the  week by the UA coaches following Ole Miss. 

Against Texas A&M, he led all wideouts with 181 yards and two touchdowns on just five  catches scoring from 78 and 63 yards out for the Tide's first and last scores of the game.  He earned offensive player of the week recognition from the Tide coaches for his  efforts. 

Against Ole Miss, he picked up special teams’ player of the week recognition from the  Alabama coaches after recovering the Rebels' attempt at an onside kick late in the  fourth quarter. He contributed four catches for 75 yards on offense. 

Versus Tennessee, he led the Tide pass-catchers with 151 yards on a team-high tying  seven catches and converted a first down on six of his catches with a long gain of 45  yards.


Senior/Linebacker - Calgary, AB/Oklahoma State 

The Nigerian-born Notre Dame Pride (Calgary) graduate was the leader of the Oklahoma  State defence in 2020 at middle linebacker. A semi-finalist for the 2020 Lott IMPACT  Trophy who was OSU’s leading tackler in six of its 11 games, Ogbongbemiga was named  second-team All-Big 12 by the coaches and the AP. The coaches also picked him as an  honourable mention for the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. First-team Academic  All-Big 12 honoree. He was voted as a team captain by his teammates for the second  consecutive season. Selected in the preseason for the Butkus Award watch list and  started every game for the Cowboys and served as a game captain vs. Kansas,  Oklahoma, Baylor and Miami. Finished the season as OSU’s second-leading tackler  with 81, just one short of Malcolm Rodriguez’s 82. His 51 solo tackles also tied for the  second-most on the team. 

Led the team in tackles vs. West Virginia (13), Kansas (5), Texas (10), Kansas State  (8), Texas Tech (11), and TCU (12). His 13 tackles vs. WVU also marked a career-high and  tied for the most of any player in an OSU game on the year. The 13 tackles vs. WVU also  tied for the third-most of any Big 12 player in a game for the season. He had at least  three tackles in every game and at least five tackles in seven games. He also added 2.5  sacks and three quarterback hurries on the year, getting sacks vs. WVU and UT and a  half-sack at KSU.  

Amen had a career day at TCU, forcing three fumbles to set an OSU record, tie a Big 12  record and finish one short of matching the NCAA record for forced fumbles in a game.Recovered two of his forced fumbles in the fourth quarter, and a teammate recovered  his other forced fumble late in the third quarter to give him three forced turnovers in  the final 18:30 of a one-possession game. He also finished as the game’s leader in total  tackles (12) and solo tackles (9) on his way to earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the  Week for the performance, as well as the Pro Football Focus National College Defensive  MVP of the Week. He finished as the seventh leading tackler in the Big 12 with an  average of 7.4 per game. His three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries were tied  for the Big 12 lead in 2020, and his two fumble recoveries tied for No. 12 in the FBS. 


Senior/Receiver - Brampton, ON/Tennessee 

Palmer proved to be the top receiver on the Volunteers and one of the best in the SEC.Led the Vols in receiving yards (475), catches (33) and receiving touchdowns (4).Twenty-three of his 33 catches went for first downs, while 62 yards came after the  catch. Ranked 13th in the SEC in 20+ yard catches (9). Was drafted by the Los Angeles  Chargers in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.  

He was UT's leading receiver in the season-opening win at South Carolina (9/26), tying  a career-high with six catches for 85 yards and scoring the game-winning touchdown  with a 32-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

He collected 71 yards on four receptions, including a 33-yard grab against Missouri  (10/3). 

He delivered the first multi-touchdown game of his career at No. 3 Georgia (10/10),  finishing with four catches for 71 yards. Both TD grabs came in the second quarter,  including a 36-yarder from Jarrett Guarantano that tied the game at 14. He added  another on the ensuing possession, a 27-yarder that gave the Vols the lead in Athens.  

He logged four catches for 57 yards and one touchdown against No. 2 Alabama (10/24),  including a 27-yard score in the third quarter. Tallied 53 yards receiving on four catches  in win at Vanderbilt (12/12), and a week later, against Texas A&M, finished with three  receptions for 55 yards.