Notre Dame Defensive Back Shaun Crawford Named as Eighth Nominee for 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
MIAMI LAKES, FL. – Notre Dame’s Shaun Crawford is this week’s nominee for the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Crawford, a redshirt senior, has started four games for the Fighting Irish this year — and played in six — after missing almost three full seasons due to three separate leg injuries.
“I don’t know the future, but I do know what happened in the past,” Crawford said in September, according to the Indianapolis Star. “I came back from two (surgeries), so I felt: ‘Why can’t I come back from three?’ I felt like ‘Why not?’ I had nothing to lose.”
Crawford was on track to start at nickelback for Notre Dame as a true freshman, before suffering an ACL tear in his right knee in fall camp that cost him the 2015 season. He returned to start the first two games of the following season, but he suffered a then suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot during that second contest, costing him the rest of the 2016 campaign.
During fall camp in 2018, Crawford then suffered another ACL tear, this time in his left knee, which again forced him to miss an entire season. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Crawford’s only injury-free season came in 2017, when in 12 games he recorded 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven passes defended, five breakups, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Crawford returned to action for the first four games of this season before suffering a dislocated elbow in Week 4 against Virginia, but he missed just two games, returning for the Irish’s Oct. 26 contest at Michigan. The Lakewood, Ohio native has 17 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups on the season for a Notre Dame defense that ranks No. 14 nationally against the pass.
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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