DALLAS (FWAA) – Iowa State's Chase Allen
is this week's nominee for the 2020 Capital One Orange Bowl
Courage Award. Allen has overcome a number of physical
setbacks both on and off the field, including being hit by a car,
to become a key starter for the No. 13 Cyclones.
"You always wonder how good a player you'll be after you recover
from things like that, but I really never doubted anything," Allen
told the Des Moines Register. "Injuries happened early in my career.
Maybe I just got them out of the way early."
While walking to the football complex during the summer of his
freshman year in 2016, Allen was hit by a car. He needed 103 stitches.
Once he recovered, just before that season, he had a bout with the
mumps, which then led to viral meningitis. He lost 20 pounds from
the toll that the infection took on his body.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end went on to play in all 13 games
and start nine as a redshirt freshman in 2017, earning second-team
All-Big 12 honors. The following season, in 2018, Allen was forced
to miss five games because of an abdominal injury.
Allen rebounded in 2019 to again play in all 13 games, starting
five, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors for the second time.
The Nixa, Mo., native has been named first-team Academic All-Big
12 in each of the past three seasons. Allen earned his mechanical
engineering degree this past spring, and he is pursuing a graduate
degree in industrial and manufacturing systems. Additionally, he
is the president of Iowa State's student-athlete advisory leadership
committee, and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
Allen has started five games in his redshirt senior season this
fall, recording 13 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns for
the 6-2 Cyclones, who travel to No. 17 Texas for a Friday morning
tilt. Iowa State has started 6-1 in conference play for the first
time in program history. Allen has 42 career catches for 463 yards
and four touchdowns.
"We're having a blast this year," Allen said this week. "I hope
you guys are having as much fun watching us as we are playing, because
this is the most fun I've ever had in my life."
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 Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson (2019), SUNY Cortland
linebacker Kyle Richard (2018), Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon (2017),
Pitt 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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that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary
mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida
through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained
a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange
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sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and
scholarships, and legacy gifts. The Orange Bowl features a year-round
schedule of events culminating with the Capital One Orange Bowl
on Jan. 2, 2021. The Orange Bowl also led a community-wide effort
to bring the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship
to South Florida. It will be played on Jan. 11, 2021 (2021miami.com).
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Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,300 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
2020 Capital One Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Oct. 28: Jon Dietzen, Wisconsin
Nov. 4: Alex Charlton, Midwestern State/Arkansas State
Nov. 11: D'Eriq King, Miami
Nov. 18: Kentucky Wildcats
Nov. 25: Chase Allen, Iowa State
Dec. 2: Sarah Fuller, Vanderbilt
One Orange Bowl Courage Award