DALLAS (FWAA) – Oklahoma State's wide receiver-punt
returner Josh Stewart is the weekly nominee for
the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
that will be announced at the end of the season.
The 21 year-old, 5-10 junior from Guyer High School in Denton,
Texas, has suffered multiple family tragedies early on in his life.
Stewart lost his mother and his older brother in an automobile
accident when he was only six months old. At the age of 5, he saw
his father shot and killed in a struggle for a gun with his paternal
grandfather. And then in 2005, living with his grandparents in St.
Bernard Parish of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina struck.
Stewart's family evacuated New Orleans for good and scrambled
to stay in apartments in the Denton, Texas area. As a seventh grader,
Stewart wanted to return to New Orleans. But one of the country's
worst natural disasters had left them nothing.
"I wanted to get back to my New Orleans so bad because I
missed my friends," Stewart told The Dallas Morning News. "I
got used to McMath Middle School and decided I want to stay and
finish middle school. Then, I just fell in love with this place."
Eventually, he became a football star at Guyer and wound up at
Oklahoma State where he is now playing his third season as a receiver.
Last season, he ranked 10th nationally in catches a game as a sophomore.
This season alone, Stewart has 40 receptions for 510 yards (12.8
yards-per-catch average) and two touchdowns. He is an electrifying
punt returner with a 19.2 yard average (19 for 364 yards) and two
scores, including a 95-yarder against TCU.
Courage Award was created by ESPN's senior columnist 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
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are 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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2013 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 25: Eric Fieilo, San Houston State
• Oct. 2: Gabe Woullard, East Carolina
Oct. 9: Bryson James, South Alabama
Oct. 16: Anthony Larceval, San José State
Oct. 23: Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech
Oct. 30: L'Damian Washington, Missouri
Nov. 6: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
Nov. 13: Case McCoy, Texas
Nov. 20: Coaching Staff, Minnesota
Orange Bowl Courage Award