DALLAS (FWAA) – Houston's Marquez
Stevenson is this week's nominee for the 2018 Capital
One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Stevenson, a redshirt
sophomore, has overcome three injuries from his first two college
seasons to become the Cougars' leading receiver.
"It's been a painful journey," Stevenson told the Houston Chronicle.
"I knew at the end of the road there was some light. I'm blessed
and grateful. I know how fast this game can be taken away from you."
Stevenson broke his collarbone during fall camp as a freshman.
He got banged up when he returned, limiting his rookie campaign
to two games. Then he tore the ACL in his left knee in the following
spring, costing him the entire 2017 season.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Stevenson has caught team-bests of 32 passes
for 472 yards. His six receiving touchdowns are tied for the team
lead, too, and he has added 122 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown,
in addition to returning four kicks for 77 yards.
Stevenson, a Shreveport, La., native, caught three passes for
40 yards in Saturday's 42-20 win at East Carolina to lift Houston
to 5-1 overall, and 2-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
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 Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon (2017) 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
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2018 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 12: John Schlarman, Kentucky |
• Sept. 19: Nic Weishar, Notre Dame
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• Sept. 26: Rex Culpepper, Syracuse |
• Oct. 3: Caleb Farley, Virginia
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• Oct. 10: Antwan Dixon, Kent State
• Oct. 17: Marquez Stevenson, Houston
• Oct. 24: Janarius Robinson, Florida
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• Oct. 31: Tre Brown, Oklahoma
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• Nov. 8: Matt Stauder, Indiana
Nov. 14: Kyle Richard, Cortland
Nov. 21: Isaiah Woods, Portland State
One Orange Bowl Courage Award