Elic Ayomanor wins 2023 Jon Cornish Trophy

Elic Ayomanor (Stanford YouTube)

Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Elic Ayomanor of Medicine Hat, Alberta won the 2023 Jon Cornish Trophy on Wednesday according to the Canadian Press. The award is presented to the best Canadian football player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Ayomanor did not play the 2022 season in American College football because of a knee injury. Even though he did not play, he still lost his freshman status.

In 2023, Ayomanor was a sophomore and had a very productive season in the final year of the PAC-12 as we know it. In 12 games, Ayomanor was the best Cardinal wide receiver. He had 62 catches for 1013 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Ayomanor’s most amazing performance came on October 13, in a 46-43 Cardinal win over the high profile University of Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffaloes generated fame this year because they were coached by multi-sport legend Deion Sanders. Ayomanor had 13 catches for 294 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The 294 receiving yards were the most by a Cardinal receiver in franchise history. Aymanor’s touchdowns were of 97, 60 and 30 yards. What was equally impressive about the Stanford win is that they came back from a 29-0 deficit.

Also in 2023, Aymanor had two more 100-yard receiving games. He had 146 receiving yards in a 42-33 loss to Washington on October 28, and had 122 receiving yards in a 62-17 loss to Oregon State on November 11.

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