DALLAS (FWAA) – Tulsa's Wilson Holloway is this
week's nominee for the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award,
to be announced at the end of the season. Holloway, a redshirt freshman
offensive lineman from Oklahoma City, was diagnosed with cancer
last spring, underwent chemotherapy treatment throughout the spring
and summer, and is playing on special teams and in a reserve role
for the Golden Hurricane.
Holloway was considered to have a bright future, but Tulsa coaches
were concerned when he had trouble during offseason workouts last
winter. He struggled to breathe after sprints.
"I just thought I was out of shape," Holloway told the Tulsa
But tests revealed a softball-sized tumor, which was diagnosed
as Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Holloway had difficulty breathing because
the tumor was pressing against his lungs.
Holloway began undergoing biweekly chemo treatments March 21.
Though he initially lost 20 pounds, he's regained that and added
20 more, up to 275.
Holloway did not participate
in spring practice, but continued with conditioning workouts. He
returned to practice for preseason camp and underwent his last chemo
treatment on Aug. 22, eight days before the Golden Hurricane opened
"He's just so tough and courageous," Tulsa coach Todd Graham
told the newspaper. "He's always had a positive mindset and a game
plan. He has done a good job of whipping (cancer) so far."
the third straight year, the Football Writers Association of America
and the FedEx Orange Bowl will announce a weekly nominee each Wednesday
during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine the winner
from all of the nominees. The winner of the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA
Courage Award will be announced in December and be presented with
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer
Gene Wojciechowski, also a FWAA member. 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.
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are 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).
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Orange Bowl Committee
is a not-for-profit, 333-member, primarily-volunteer organization.
It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports
and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy
and culture of South Florida. In addition to the 75th edition of
the Orange Bowl Festival, which features a year-round schedule of
events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 1, the
Orange Bowl Committee will host the 2009 FedEx BCS Championship
Game on January 8. For more information on the 2008-09 Orange Bowl
Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities,
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
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, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information in the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award,
contact George Schroeder at 541-953-4080 or
2008 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
• Sept. 10: Artrell Woods, Oklahoma State
• Sept. 17: Terence Campbell, East Carolina
• Sept. 24: Johnell Neal, Central Florida
• Oct. 1: Wilson Holloway, Tulsa
• Oct. 8: Inquoris "Inky" Johnson, Tennessee
• Oct. 15: Richard Bowman, North Dakota State
• Oct. 22: Tyson Gentry, Ohio State
• Oct. 29: Chris Ogbonnaya, Texas
• Nov. 12: Robert Quinn, North Carolina
• Nov. 19: Brandon Antwine, Florida