Football Writers Association of America Sept. 12, 2018
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KENTUCKY'S SCHLARMAN NOMINATED FOR
ORANGE BOWL-FWAA COURAGE AWARD

DALLAS (FWAA) – Kentucky’s John Schlarman is the first weekly nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Schlarman, the sixth-year Wildcats offensive line coach, has coached through chemotherapy treatments for an undisclosed form of cancer and was given a game ball following Saturday’s win over Florida, the program’s first triumph over the Gators since 1986.

Schlarman

“He’s a strong man going through a lot and I’m grateful to be able to give him a ball,” head coach Mark Stoops told reporters after the game.

Schlarman endured a six-hour treatment on Tuesday morning but was back at practice the same day. Kentucky rushed for 303 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per rush, in the 27-16 victory in Gainesville, Fla. That marked the most rushing yards the Gators had surrendered in a single game since 2002. The Wildcats did not surrender a single sack for the second straight game, either.

Schlarman, who was diagnosed this summer, had been a four-year starter with the Wildcats from 1994-97.

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 Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon (2017) 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).

About the Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl is a 360-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization 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 Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars: youth 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 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29, 2018. For more information on the 2018-19 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org. Follow Orange Bowl: @OrangeBowl, Facebook and Instagram.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 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 at tiger@fwaa.com.

2018 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 12: John Schlarman, Kentucky | High-resolution headshot
Sept. 19: Nic Weishar, Notre Dame | High-resolution headshot

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Capital One Orange Bowl Courage Award