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.
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.