DALLAS (FWAA) – Indiana's J-Shun Harris
II is the first weekly nominee for the 2017 Capital
One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Harris, a redshirt junior receiver, earned
Big Ten special teams player of the week honors in his second game
back after returning from anterior cruciate ligament tears in both
his right (2015) and left (2016) knees. Both injuries had occurred
during the summer.
"The toughest day was definitely right after surgery, both times,"
Harris told the school website this summer. "It's nothing you can
get used to. Pain is pain. You can only try to build a tolerance.
"But I was thankful for my family, my teammates, the coaches,
and the strength and medical staffs. They all helped me keep my
mind right, keep my hopes up. And then the best day was getting
back out here and it was, 'Wow, no blue jersey, out here competing
full-go with my guys.'"
Harris has wasted little time in returning to his old self, as
the Fishers, Ind., native amassed 109 punt return yards in the Hoosiers'
34-17 win Saturday at Virginia – the most for any Indiana player
in a single game since 1991. He had returns of both 43 and 44 yards,
with the 44-yarder going for a touchdown.
Before losing his last two seasons to injury, Harris was Indiana's
offensive newcomer of the year in his freshman campaign of 2014,
when he caught 18 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, in addition
to his return duties.
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 Pittsburgh running back James Conner (2016), 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 (2002).
About the Orange Bowl
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mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida
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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.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
2017 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 13: J-Shun Harris II, Indiana | High-resolution
Sept. 20: William Lee, NIU | High-resolution
One Orange Bowl Courage Award