DALLAS (FWAA) – Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson is this week's nominee
for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Anderson, a redshirt sophomore running back, has overcome season-ending
injuries in each of his first two years with the Sooners to become
one of the Big 12's top rushers.
Anderson sustained a broken bone in his neck in fall camp in
2016, ending his season before it began. He also suffered a broken
leg just two games into his true freshman campaign in 2015.
"When [they] told me I couldn't play the second year, it really
hurt," Anderson told ESPN.com this spring. "But there's a silver
lining in everything. I guess the good thing I got out of it was
I got two years to mentally prepare myself. The bad thing is that
I didn't get to showcase it."
Anderson was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week for
the second time in three weeks after tallying a career-high 290
all-purpose yards in Saturday's win against TCU. The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder
rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for
139 yards and two more scores against a Horned Frogs defense that
had entered the contest ranked No. 1 nationally against the run.
Anderson became the first FBS player since at least 1996 to post
at least 139 rushing yards and 139 receiving yards in a game. The
Katy, Texas native is fifth in the Big 12 in rushing (672 yards),
second in yards per carry (6.17) and tied for fourth in rushing
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).
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2017 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 13: J-Shun Harris II, Indiana |
• Sept. 20: William Lee, NIU |
• Sept. 27: Cristian Garcia, Florida |
• Oct. 4: D'Cota Dixon, Wisconsin |
• Oct. 11: Jake Olson, USC |
• Oct. 18: Darian Roseboro, NC State |
• Oct. 25: Sean Savoy, Virginia Tech |
• Nov. 1: Courtney Love, Kentucky |
• Nov. 8: UAB Blazers
Nov. 15: Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma |
One Orange Bowl Courage Award