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DALLAS (FWAA) — Ohio State's Dan Potokar is the weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Potokar, from Grove City, Ohio, has battled several rounds with cancer and is currently helping the Buckeyes as a student assistant.
Though a walk-on, Potokar had been impressive as a wide receiver during spring practice in 2007 and was part of the Ohio State track team's 400-meter relay team. But in the fall of 2007, he became ill and was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and abdomen.
Despite surgery and chemotherapy, the lesions remained on his lungs. Potokar underwent several weeks of intensive treatments in Indianapolis, including two stem-cell transplants. Several months later, five tumors were discovered in Potokar's brain, necessitating full-brain radiation and something similar to laser surgery.
Last winter, tests indicated the cancer was gone.
"I enjoy things even more and appreciate people more," Potokar told the Columbus Dispatch. "That's a major change, just taking everything in. and another thing is I'm much more of an emotional person. When I see things that are sad or extremely happy, I get teary-eyed from time to time. That's a big change. I used to be a hardened football player. Now, I'm expressing emotions."
Potokar has continued to participate in the football program, helping as a student assistant coach, and will be honored with the Buckeyes'
seniors on Saturday. He's on track to earn a business degree and is scheduled to be married next May. Potokar has also reached out to other athletes who have been diagnosed with cancer.
"An amazing guy," said Shelly Poe, Ohio State's director of athletic communications.
For the fourth straight year, the Football Writers Association of America and the FedEx Orange Bowl will announce a weekly nominee each Wednesday during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine the winner from all of the nominees. The winner of the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award will be announced in December and be presented with the trophy.
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer Gene Wojciechowski, also a FWAA member. 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.
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are 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).
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida . The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. For more information on the 2009-10 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to www.orangebowl.org.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
2009 FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
* Sept. 23: D.J. Williams, Arkansas
* Sept. 30: Mark Herzlich, Boston College
* Oct. 7: Darius Nall, UCF
* Oct. 14: Ricky Rosas, USC
* Oct. 21: Derrick Coleman, UCLA
* Oct. 28: Connecticut Huskies
* Nov. 4: Antoine "Shaky" Smithson, Utah
* Nov. 11: Dan Potokar
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
COLUMBUS — Cameron Heyward doesn't like to talk much, but his game on the other hand screams out "superstar."
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — They booed him, they razzed him, they mocked him, but by game's end — he was the last man smiling in Happy Valley.
In his much anticipated Pennsylvania homecoming, Ohio State sophomore quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, silenced the crowd of 110,033 maniacal fans at Beaver Stadium, by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another, in Saturday's 24-7 rout of the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions.
"(The crowd) messed with me pretty good," Pryor smiled. "But it was all good. I was trying to concentrate on the game, but they were laughing back there. I had a lot of fun with them."
He had a lot of fun with the Nittany Lions' defense, as well.
Pryor, who last year chose to play at OSU over his home state Nittany Lions, faced a barrage of insults and boos from the Penn State faithful early on. But, the kid from Jeannette, Pennsylvania was an extremely cool customer Saturday evening, putting an assault on the nation's top rated defense with both his legs and his right arm.
Pryor made great decisions all game long, he successfully converted a plethora of critical third downs, and most importantly, he showed that he can get the job done deep down field.
With the Buckeyes (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) on top 10-7 late in the third quarter, the Ohio State signal caller made the play of the game — and maybe the season — as he dropped back in the pocket, scanned the field, and then fired a 62-yard spiraling strike over-the-top to fellow sophomore DeVier Posey for a touchdown and a 10-point advantage.
The deep connection acted as a giant mute button to the jam packed stadium, which was quite raucous prior to the Buckeyes' scoring play.
Posey said that the play had been in the works well before it happened.
"We kept coming back to the sideline telling them we've really got a shot if we go deep on that particular play," Posey said. "They were in the right coverage on first down. It was just a great call that Coach (Jim) Bollman made."
Pryor described the big pass play.
"I just had to move the safety a little bit to the right and we just got it in there," Pryor said of the scoring toss to Posey. "DeVier made a great catch and the linemen had a real good block going on.
"I just stepped up in the pocket and just let her go."
The final dagger would be inserted with 9:37 to play in the game, when Pryor — on another third down play — connected with tailback Brandon Saine for a six-yard touchdown pass.
Pryor finished with 175 total yards in the win.
"(Pryor) was prepared," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "Nick Siciliano, after their last quarterback meeting this morning, said 'Coach, T.P. is zoned in rightnow.' Then we got into our final meeting before we boarded the bus and you could tell he knew what was up.
"I don't know what his passing numbers were, and I don't know how much he threw it, but he made some good, big throws and made some good decisions not to throw. If you don't turn it over, and you rush for over 200 (yards as a team), and you have a defense like ours, and special teams, you're going to win most games.
"T.P. did a great job."
Pryor wasn't the only star on Saturday donning a scarlet and gray uniform. His "silver bullet" defense was just as stellar.
The Buckeyes stifled the Penn State offensive attack in Saturday's win, holding the Nittany Lions to just 201 total yards (82 in the second half), while forcing the home team into seven three-and-outs.
OSU junior defensive end, Cameron Heyward, was a monster for the Buckeyes in the victory. The big man from Georgia led the OSU defense with 11 tackles on Saturday evening and punished Penn State senior quarterback, Darryl Clark, with two big sacks and several other brutal hits in the win.
The Big Ten's most efficient passer (Clark) was under attack all game long, finishing with just 125 yards on 12-of-28 passing, with no touchdowns and an interception.
The Nittany Lions only points of the game came in the second quarter, when Clark scored on a quarterback keeper on a fourth-and-goal play at the OSU 1-yard line.
Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno, didn't make any excuses after the loss — he just told it like it was.
"I don't think we were off a little bit anywhere," Paterno said. "I just think for the whole ball game, (Ohio State) gave us a good licking. They played better than we did today."
The loss eliminated the Nittany Lions from Rose Bowl contention.
PASADENA BOUND? — With Iowa losing to Northwestern earlier in the day, the Buckeyes are now tied for first place in the Big Ten and will face the Hawkeyes next Saturday in Columbus for at least a share of their fifth straight conference title and a possible trip to the Rose Bowl in January.
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"During spring, 2009, Ohio State was invited by Nike to participate in its Rivalry uniform program with several other universities from around the nation. They offered us a chance to try a new uniform product featuring cutting-edge fabrics and technology; participation in theprogram also offered us a one-time opportunity to salute one of those great championship teams that have built the Ohio State football tradition.
"Our coaches and players were excited to see the different elements Nike presented in the prototype designs and samples. The uniform elements are still in production, and we are extremely eager to see the finished product when it arrives.
"For this special program, we chose to recognize the achievements of our undefeated 1954 national championship team, winning the Big Ten title outright before capturing a Rose Bowl victory. These great Buckeyes celebrated their 55th anniversary with us at the Minnesota game, and this is another way for us to pay homage to their stellar achievements.
"Our fans will be able to get the first look at these unique uniforms on Sunday, Nov. 15, when we will share photos of the finished product on our website OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also take a look at the actual uniform up close that week in our official Team Shop in the Schottenstein Center. And our team will wear these custom designs when the Buckeyes take the field Nov. 21 up north in Ann Arbor.
"Again, this is a one-time opportunity to honor a great championship team. We have no plans to make any changes to the traditional Buckeye uniform for the foreseeable future."