Receiver John Metchie III, who helped the Alabama Crimson Tide put up an unbeaten season en path to an NCAA championship, was named the winner of the Jon Cornish Trophy on Monday.
The honour goes to the highest Canadian performer within the NCAA soccer ranks. It is named after Cornish, a local of New Westminster, B.C., who performed collegiately at Kansas earlier than embarking on a Corridor of Fame profession as a operating again with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders (2007-15).
Metchie, from Brampton, Ont., acquired 94 factors in voting carried out by professional scouts and media cross Canada. He completed three factors forward of Calgary’s Amen Ogbongbemiga, a linebacker who accomplished his senior season at Oklahoma State College.
Ogbongbemiga registered 9 first-place votes, another than Metchie.
Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer of Brampton, Ont., was third with 66 factors. The remaining three finalists, so as of end, included West Virginia security Alonzo Addae (Pickering, Ont.), Oklahoma State operating again Chuba Hubbard (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (Windsor, Ont.).
Metchie stated the closeness of the vote is a testomony to the affect Canadians made on the NCAA this season.
“I believe it says Canadians at the moment are energetic on the scene,” he stated. “It says quite a bit for youths rising up within the nation understanding there are an increasing number of youngsters doing it.
The six-foot 190-pound Metchie was Alabama’s second-leading receiver with 55 catches for 916 yards and 6 TDs this season as a sophomore. He capped his marketing campaign with eight catches for 81 yards within the Tide’s 52-24 win over Ohio State within the U.S. school soccer championship sport on Jan. 11.
However Metchie drew nationwide consideration for his bodily prowess in Alabama’s 52-46 SEC win over Florida in December. The Canadian receiver levelled Florida security Trey Dean II on an interception return within the first quarter leading to a fumble recovered by Tide receiver DeVonta Smith.
Metchie was born in Taiwan, moved to Ghana at a younger age and grew up in Brampton, Ont. He headed to the U.S. to attend highschool.
His older brother, Royce, is a defensive again with the Stampeders.
“I’ve three older brothers they usually imply the world to me,” Metchie stated. “They’re the most important position fashions in my life.
“We [Metchie and his brother, Royce] are extraordinarily shut, form of like if I had a twin brother, that is form of like the way it feels. It positively means quite a bit to me and all three imply the world to me.”