Houston’s Marquez Stevenson receives Nomination for 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
Houston’s Marquez Stevenson is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Stevenson, a redshirt sophomore, has overcome three injuries from his first two college seasons to become the Cougars’ leading receiver.
“It’s been a painful journey,” Stevenson told the Houston Chronicle. “I knew at the end of the road there was some light. I’m blessed and grateful. I know how fast this game can be taken away from you.”
Stevenson broke his collarbone during fall camp as a freshman. He got banged up when he returned, limiting his rookie campaign to two games. Then he tore the ACL in his left knee in the following spring, costing him the entire 2017 season.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Stevenson has caught team-bests of 32 passes for 472 yards. His six receiving touchdowns are tied for the team lead, too, and he has added 122 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, in addition to returning four kicks for 77 yards.
Stevenson, a Shreveport, La., native, caught three passes for 40 yards in Saturday’s 42-20 win at East Carolina to lift Houston to 5-1 overall, and 2-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
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.
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