Toronto's Owens selected CFL's outstanding player

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TORONTO (AP) — Former Hawaii receiver Chad Owens was honored as the Canadian Football League's outstanding player Thursday night, three days before he leads the Toronto Argonauts against Calgary in the Grey Cup.

The 30-year-old Owens led the CFL in receiving with 94 catches for 1,328 yards and six touchdowns, also topped the league in return yards with 2,510 and had a record 3,863 all-purpose yards.

"Four years ago I had no real idea what the CFL was," Owens said. "Everything that happened to me prior in my career, it all happened for this moment. In 2008 did I see this? No. But this offseason did I see this? Yes. You always have to believe you have a chance and I truly did. I'm just so thankful it came true."

Owens, 5-foot-8 and 180-pounds, edged Calgary running back Jon Cornish 41-16 in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and the eight CFL coaches.

Cornish became the first Canadian to lead the league in rushing since Orville Lee in 1988 with Ottawa, finishing with 1,457 yards to break Norm Kwong's 56-year-old record for Canadians. Cornish played at Kansas.