Missouri junior right guard Adam Ploudre was nominated Wednesday for the Capital One Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America Courage Award.
Ploudre, who broke both bones in his lower left leg during a scrimmage immediately before his junior season at Marquette High in suburban St. Louis, needed seven surgeries and nearly a year of recovery and rehabilitation to walk again.
He’s worked his way into the Tigers’ starting lineup, and earned a scholarship last summer, after beginning his college career as a walk-on in 2013.
Ploudre, whose mother is also battling colon cancer, has appeared in 10 games this season, including five starts.
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Other Courage Award nominees this season include Pittsburgh running back James Connor, who overcame cancer, and Arkansas center Frank Ragnow, whose father died Oct. 1 a few days before a game against Alabama.
The FWAA’s Courage Award, which has been presented since 2002, recognizes displays of courage on and off the field — including overcoming injury/handicap, disaster assistance or living through hardship.
The winner will be presented with a trophy Dec. 30 during the 2016 Orange Bowl.