"Everybody knows that I"m a better back than he is ... he knows that I"m a better running back than he is."
That's what Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets said about Jon Cornish, according to Riders radio voice Rod Petersen of 620 CKRM. But a look at the numbers tells a different story.
In 13 games this season, Sheets has run for 1,408 yards and 11 touchdowns – an average of 5.6 yards per carry – while adding 33 catches for 259 yards through the air.
Cornish on the other hand, leads the league in rushing 1,545 yards and 11 scores in 14 games with the Calgary Stampeders this season. He's already broken his own single-season rushing record for a non-import and has an additional 320 yards and two touchdowns through the air this year.
While it's true Sheets would almost certainly have more rushing yards than Cornish had injury not robbed him of nearly three games this year, he still has more rushing attempts – 251 compared to 215 – than the New Westminster, BC native. The stat that really sticks out is Cornish's yards per carry average, 1.6 yards more than Sheets' at 7.2
Sheets is the more used back perhaps, but the better back?
With three games left on the schedule, Cornish appears a lock as the league's Most Outstanding Player. But if we remember back to the first half of the season - when the Riders were still undefeated - all the talk was about Sheets for the award. Had he not been injured would the conversation be changed?
The CFL loves record-breakers and Cornish is just that for the second year in a row. But Sheets too was on pace to break a record, the all-time single season rushing title, before injury struck.
The Rouge asks: Who is the better running back, Kory Sheets or Jon Cornish? You've heard what we've had to say, now it's your turn.
As always, it's Your! Call.