Mulbah_Car_4Houston’s Mulbah Car is this week’s nominee for the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.

Car escaped war in Liberia, landed in Austin, Texas, and, just this past spring, became a U.S. citizen before enrolling at Houston.

“Being from another country, it means so much to be accepted as an American,” Car told the Houston Chronicle this past spring. “I’m so grateful just to be accepted.”

Car, his mother and his younger sister lived in tents in an immigration camp as Liberia endured a civil war. The family’s name had been drawn in a lottery system to be allowed to leave the country when Car was 5, granting his family a fresh start in Texas.

A freshman running back, Car has appeared in six games for the 6-1 Cougars, carrying 49 times for 206 yards with two touchdowns, including a 48-yard, one-touchdown performance this past Saturday in a 38-31 win over Tulsa. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Carr has added four catches for 37 yards this season.

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 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).


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