DALLAS (FWAA) – NC State's Darian
Roseboro is this week's nominee for the 2017
Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Roseboro, a junior defensive end, starred in the Wolfpack's
win Saturday at Pitt just seven days after his father, Johnny,
"We gave him the game ball in the locker room and told him
that his father watched him," NC State coach Dave Doeren said
after the game, adding: "I'm really proud of him. That's hard.
He loses his father over the weekend, and he just – I can't even
imagine that. That's pretty special, for a guy to be able to do
that, to come to practice right on Tuesday."
Roseboro tallied a game-high three tackles for loss –
including one sack – against the Panthers, adding a forced
fumble and a quarterback hurry. NC State players wore helmet
decals for the game with the initials “J.R.” in honor of Johnny,
who was 43 and had been suffering from a long-term illness.
A 6-foot-4, 287-pounder from Lincolnton, N.C., Roseboro has
tallied 65 total tackles – including 22.5 for loss and 12.5
sacks – seven hurries, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and
one interception in 32 career games for the Wolfpack. "That was
for you pops," Roseboro tweeted after Saturday's game. "Rest
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