DALLAS (FWAA) – Houston's Mulbah Car
is this week's nominee for the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA
Car escaped war in Liberia, landed in Austin, Texas, and, just
this past spring, became a U.S. citizen before enrolling at Houston.
"Being from another country, it means so much to be accepted
as an American," Car told the Houston Chronicle this past spring.
"I'm so grateful just to be accepted."
Car, his mother and his younger sister lived in tents in an immigration
camp as Liberia endured a civil war. The family's name had been
drawn in a lottery system to be allowed to leave the country when
Car was 5, granting his family a fresh start in Texas.
A freshman running back, Car has appeared in six games for the
6-1 Cougars, carrying 49 times for 206 yards with two touchdowns,
including a 48-yard, one-touchdown performance this past Saturday
in a 38-31 win over Tulsa. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Carr has added
four catches for 37 yards this season.
The Courage Award was first presented by the
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. 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 hardship. The winner of
the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange
Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
Previous winners of the Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage
Award are Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton (2015), Duke offensive
lineman Laken Tomlinson (2014), San Jose State defensive lineman
Anthony Larceval (2013), 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 Bratton
About the Orange Bowl
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mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida
through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained
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Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
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Editor's note: To download a print-quality photo
of Mulbah Car, click on the photo within the release.
2016 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 14: James Conner, Pittsburgh
Sept. 21: Caylin Moore, TCU
Sept. 28: Riley Sorenson, Washington State
• Oct. 5: Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State
• Oct. 12: Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
Oct. 19: Mulbah Car, Houston
Oct. 26: Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, Hawaii
Nov. 2: Shaquem Griffin, UCF
Nov. 9: Tim White, Arizona State
Nov. 16: Adam Ploudre, Missouri
Nov. 23: Mike Sherels, Minnesota
Dec. 1: Quinton Flowers, USF
One Orange Bowl Courage Award