Cory Philpot - Running Back - 1993-1997 - University of Mississippi
Cory Philpot was a dominant running back in the mid 1990’s for the B.C. Lions. He joined the Lions as a free agent out of the University of Mississippi. Philpot had been the starting tailback for Ole Miss and produced in some memorable match-ups for the Rebels. Cory scored a 7 yard touchdown in a key November 28, 1992 17-10 victory over long-time rival Mississippi State University. Philpot started his pro career with B.C. in 1993 primarily as a kick returner. He had over 1,000 kickoff return yards in 1993 highlighted by a 91 yard touchdown return.
Philpot really broke out in 1994 leading the Western division with 1,451 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground. It was a dream season for the Lions as they defeated the favoured Baltimore Stallions in front of a home-crowd at B.C. Place 26-23 on a last second Lui Passaglia field goal to capture the Grey Cup. Philpot did his part to keep the Cup in Canada with 109 rushing yards on 17 carries.
The league took notice of Philpot and he was considered along with Baltimore’s Mike Pringle as the elite running backs in the league. In 1995 Philpot broke Allen Pitts record for touchdowns (21) in a season with 22 (17 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 kickoff return), he added 1,308 rushing yards leading the Western division for the second year in a row. Cory’s record stood until Milt Stegall’s 23 touchdowns in 2002.
Cory had his final 1,000 yard rushing season in 1996 with 1,024 yards under new Lion coach Joe Paopao. The club was in severe financial difficulty in 1996 and did not have the personnel as in previous Lion seasons. Damon Allen replaced an ineffective Andre Ware at midseason but the club was in shambles. The off-field problems affected the team as team owner Nelson Skalbania abandoned the Lions forcing the league run the team and pay the bills until an owner (eventually David Braley) could be found. In 1997 Cory played his final season with B.C. totalling 340 yards on 68 carries.
Following the frustrating Lions season of 1997 Cory was out of football in 1998. He returned to the league in 1999 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with his old Lion coach Dave Ritchie. Cory played sparingly over the next 2 seasons with a rebuilding Blue Bomber club. Cory retired following the 2000 season with Winnipeg.
Cory Philpot known as “Quick Six” had impressive totals for the Lions in the mid 1990’s. He was one of the best players in the league over a 3-year period that included a Grey Cup in 1994. Philpot now coaches minor football in the Vancouver area passing along expertise to a new generation of aspiring CFL talent.
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