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Canadians Cornish, Harris highlight 2012 CFL All-Stars

The Canadian Press

12/3/2012 8:28:00 PM

TORONTO -- The 2012 CFL all-star team features an all-Canadian one-two punch at running back.

Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders and Andrew Harris of the B.C. Lions have been voted on to the team, which is selected by votes from fans, journalists and CFL head coaches.

Cornish, from New Westminster, B.C., had a breakout season in 2012, winning the league's outstanding Canadian award and finishing runner-up behind Toronto receiver Chad Owens as outstanding player. He ran for 1,457 yards, breaking the 56-year-old record for rushing yards by a Canadian set by Normie Kwong.

Harris, from Winnipeg, ran for 1,112 yards. It was the first time since 1956 that two Canadian running backs broke the 1,000-yard plateau.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was named to his fifth all-star team after another strong season. He broke the 5,000-yard passing plateau for the second straight year and threw 31 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions.

"This year he played with an injured sholder from Week 3, we never had our full receiving corps all year, we were down to our third-string running back, we had injuries on the ofensive line and he still put up 5,000 passing yards. To put up those numbers, he's very deserving," Alouettes GM Jim Popp said.

The 40-year-old veteran is expected to announce whether he will be back for a 20th season shortly. Popp thinks he will return but says it it up to Calvillo and whether he wants to continue.

Owens joined fellow receivers Weston Dressler of Saskatchewan, Nik Lewis of Calgary and Fred Stamps of Edmonton.

Montreal guard Scott Flory earned his eighth all-star selection, while teammate Josh Bourke, earlier named the league's top lineman, earned his second selection.

Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt, the league's top defensive player, and Hamilton returner Chris Williams, the top special-teams player, were also named all-stars.

2012 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Quarterback: Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes
Running Back: Jon Cornish, Calgary Stampeders
Running Back: Andrew Harris, B.C. Lions
Centre: Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Montreal Alouettes
Guard: Scott Flory, Montreal Alouettes
Guard: Dimitri Tsoumpas, Calgary Stampeders
Tackle: Josh Bourke, Montreal Alouettes
Tackle: Jovan Olafioye, B.C. Lions
Receiver: Weston Dressler, Saskatchewan Roughriders
Receiver: Nik Lewis, Calgary Stampeders
Receiver: Chad Owens, Toronto Argonauts
Receiver: Fred Stamps, Edmonton Eskimos

Defence

Defensive End: Charleston Hughes, Calgary Stampeders
Defensive End: Keron Williams, B.C. Lions
Defensive Tackle: Armond Armstead, Toronto Argonauts
Defensive Tackle: Bryant Turner, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Linebacker: Adam Bighill, B.C. Lions
Linebacker: Shea Emry, Montreal Alouettes
Linebacker: JC Sherritt, Edmonton Eskimos
Defensive Back: Korey Banks, B.C. Lions
Defensive Back: Ryan Phillips, B.C. Lions
Cornerback: Joe Burnett, Edmonton Eskimos
Cornerback: Pat Watkins, Toronto Argonauts
Safety: Kyries Hebert, Montreal Alouettes

Special teams

Punter: Rob Maver, Calgary Stampeders
Kicker: Rene Paredes, Calgary Stampeders
Special Teams Player: Chris Williams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats