As the CFL regular season enters its final week, the MOP Watch takes a closer look at the leading candidates for the league's Most Outstanding Player Award.

Jon Cornish, RB - Calgary Stampeders

Jon Cornish 2012: Cornish has put together a strong case for the Most Outstanding Canadian award. But Cornish’s numbers suggest he could earn the MOP as well. he leads the league in rushing by a good margin, and being a Canadian starting at a typically import position (Andrew Harris is the only other), only increases his value.

Week 19: Cornish had a record-setting regular season finale as he passed Normie Kwong for the most rushing yards by a Canadian in a single season. Cornish tallied 14 carries for 69 yards to bring his season total to 1,457 surpassing Kwong's record of 1,437 yards set way back in 1956.
2012 Stats
Att Yds Avg Rec Yds TD
258 1,457* 5.6 38 338 13

Chris Williams, WR/KR - Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Chris Williams 2012: A year after winning the Most Outstanding Rookie award, Williams is eyeing an even more prestigious award this year, the MOP. Williams only needed half the season to break the single-season kick return touchdowns record, while his play at receiver has been just as impressive. The second-year pro had 17 combined touchdowns for the Ticats (11 receiving, six kick returns) and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark.

Week 19: Williams had yet another big game in Tiger-Cats season finale. He would finish the game with four receptions for 104 yards and another two touchdowns to push his CFL-best season total to 17 scores.
2012 Stats
Rec Yds PR Yds KR Yds TD
83 1,298 1,117* - 17*

Travis Lulay, QB - BC Lions

Travis Lulay 2012: Lulay returns to the list a year removed from winning the Most Outstanding Player Award. Lulay’s Lions have been at or near the top of the West Division standings all year and have not yet wavered as favourites to repeat as Grey Cup champions. The four-year veteran is third in the league in both passing yards and touchdown passes. Lulay won the September Offensive Player of the Month award.

Week 18: With first in the West already secured, Lulay played sparingly coming off injury in the Lions win over Saskatchewan.
2012 Stats
Comp Att. % Yds TD INT
346 520 66.5 4,231 27 10

Weston Dressler SB - Saskatchewan Roughriders

Weston Dressler 2012: Dressler really turned it on in the second half of the season, vaulting into the top group of pass catchers in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. After an up and down first half of the season, the Roughriders have solidified their status as a contender in the competitive West Division, and Dressler is a big reason why.

Week 19: In a meaningless game seeding-wise, the Roughriders sat Dressler - and many other regulars - in the team's Week 19 loss to BC.
2012 Stats
Rec Yds Avg TD
94 1,206 12.8 14

Anthony Calvillo, QB - Montreal Alouettes

Anthony Calvillo 2012: A mainstay on the list of Most Outstanding Player candidates, Calvillo is once again making it look easy during his age-40 season. Calvillo’s Alouettes finished tops in the East Division and his regular season numbers have him at or near the top of every major statistical category in the league. Calvillo surpassed the 5,000-yards passing mark for the seventh time in his career in Week 18.

Week 19: With first in the East already clinched, Calvillo was rested in the Alouettes finale - a 19-11 loss to the Blue Bombers.
2012 Stats
Comp Att. % Yds TD INT
333 555 60.0 5,082* 31 14

Chad Owens, WR/KR - Toronto Argonauts

Chad Owens 2012: The all-purpose man, Owens contributes on both offence and special teams for the Argos. The third-year Argonaut led the league in return yards and receiving yards. Add it all up and Owens finished the 2012 campaign just shy of 4,000 combined yards.

Week 19: Owens set a CFL single-season record for combined yards in the Argonauts regular season finale. He tallied 95 yards in the first half, before resting in the second half, to bring his season total to 3,863, breaking Mike (Pinball) Clemons' mark of 3,840 yards.
2012 Stats
Rec Yds PR Yds KR Yds TD
94 1,328* 828 1,588* 6

JC Sherritt, LB - Edmonton Eskimos

JC Sherritt 2012: The lone defensive player to make the MOP Watch, Sherritt had a monster season from his middle linebacker position. He led the league in tackles by a huge margin, setting the CFL single season record in the process. The diminutive second-year pro was rock solid for the Eskimos picking up three Defensive Player of the Week awards, and two monthly defensive awardss.

Week 19: Sherritt had a record setting game in the Eskimos regular season finale. Sherritt racked up 11 tackles to set the CFL record for tackles in a season at 130 surpassing Calvin Tiggle's record of 129 set in 1994.
2012 Stats
Tkl Sck Int FR
130* 3 5 1

Chad Simpson, RB - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Chad Simpson 2012: Simpson has been one of the lone bright spots for the Blue Bombers this season. Despite missing the first three games of the season, the first-year CFLer eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the year, one of only four RBs to do so. The 27-year-old was also named the Blue Bombers' nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie.

Week 19: Simpson missed Winnipeg's final game of the regular season, a win over the Montreal Alouettes.
2012 Stats
Att Yds Avg TD
173 1,039 6.0 5

* league lead
- TD totals account for touchdowns scored in every way

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