DALLAS (FWAA) – Virginia Tech's Sean
Savoy is this week's nominee for the 2017 Capital
One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Savoy, a freshman wide receiver, started in the Hokies' win Saturday
against North Carolina, their first game after Savoy's brother,
Omar Rodgers, was shot and killed.
"It kind of helped me a little bit ease the pain,"
Savoy told reporters of playing in the game. "But when I go
out there and I don't see him out there anymore it touched me a
little bit, because I know he's with me but I'm used to seeing him
right there right behind the bench rooting me on."
Savoy made a big play on Virginia Tech's first play from scrimmage
in a 59-7 win, as he caught a pass on a slant route for a 23-yard
gain. The 5-foot-8, 188-pounder from Washington D.C. wore a shirt
underneath his jersey honoring his brother, a singer who was reportedly
shot five times the morning of Oct. 8 in the parking lot of a bar
he had performed at.
Hours earlier, Savoy had posted a career-best nine catches and
159 receiving yards in a win at Boston College. For the season,
Savoy is second on the Hokies in receptions (28), receiving yards
(360) yards and receiving touchdowns (three). He has added 44 rushing
yards and one rushing touchdown.
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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that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
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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