DALLAS (FWAA) – The University of Minnesota
football coaching staff is the weekly nominee for the
Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
On Oct. 10, it was announced that assistant Tracy Claeys, the
team's defensive coordinator would serve as the Acting Head Coach
while Head Coach Jerry Kill received treatment for his epilepsy.
Minnesota is 4-1 with Claeys as Acting Head Coach, entering a home
game against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Kill, 52, has had history of health issues and HAS suffered several
seizures since becoming the Gophers' head coach in 2011. Nevertheless,
this season the Golden Golphers are 8-2 and headed to a bowl game.
They have won four straight Big Ten Conference games for the first
time in 40 years.
Part of the reason for the success is cohesion on the staff of
nine assistants and strength and conditioning coordinator. It has
124 years working together under Kill over the years – the most
in the country. Claeys has spent 19 seasons with Kill.
Courage Award was created by ESPN's senior columnist Gene Wojciechowski,
also a FWAA member. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote
on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include
displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an
injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are Clemson wide
receiver Daniel Rodriguez (2012), Michigan State offensive lineman
Arthur Ray Jr. (2011), Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (2010),
the University of Connecticut football team (2009), Tulsa's Wilson
Holloway (2008), Navy's Zerbin Singleton (2007), Clemson's Ray Ray
McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane football team (2005), Memphis' Haracio
Colen (2004), San Jose State's Neil Parry (2003) and Toledo's William
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2013 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 25: Eric Fieilo, San Houston State
• Oct. 2: Gabe Woullard, East Carolina
Oct. 9: Bryson James, South Alabama
Oct. 16: Anthony Larceval, San José State
Oct. 23: Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech
Oct. 30: L'Damian Washington, Missouri
Nov. 6: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
Nov. 13: Case McCoy, Texas
Nov. 20: Coaching Staff, Minnesota
Orange Bowl Courage Award