Florida State’s Janarius Robinson Named 8th 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award Nominee


Janarius-Robinson-runout---Mike-Erdelyi-Florida State’s Janarius Robinson is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Robinson, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, starred for the Seminoles in their win Saturday over Wake Forest, his first game back after losing his childhood home to Hurricane Michael.

“It’s been better getting back to practice after going through what I’ve been going through for the last week,” Robinson said last week, according to The Athletic. “It’s a time for me to get my mind away and off of the things that have happened. I come out here, get my mind off of it and get back to work with my brothers.”

Robinson’s hometown of Panama City, Fla., was one of the hardest-hit areas of Hurricane Michael. His family had evacuated to Georgia beforehand, and when they returned Friday, the house — which was originally owned by Robinson’s grandmother — was gone.

The 6-foot-5, 259-pound Robinson returned to practice last Tuesday and on Saturday notched a career-best six tackles, including one sack, in the Seminoles’ 38-17 win over the Demon Deacons.

A GoFundMe page was created with NCAA approval to help the Robinsons, with a goal of raising $75,000. As of Oct. 22, it has raised more than $107,000.

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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