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Nov. 24 1997

Three Seminoles Earn Recognition

Cowart Wins Piccolo Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State linebacker Sam Cowart was selected as the 1997 Brian Piccolo Award winner given by the Atlantic Coast Conference for the league's most courageous football player.

Sam Cowart
Sam Cowart

The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against the disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.

Cowart, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla., led the Seminoles with 116 tackles sitting out the 1996 season after reconstructive knee surgery. Cowart suffered what for many would have been a career-ending injury in Florida State's 31-26 come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame in the 1996 Orange Bowl. In the first quarter against the Fighting Irish, Cowart suffered a severe knee injury -- two torn ligaments, one torn cartilage, a stretched nerve and a hamstring muscle pulled away from the bone.

After rehabilitating 20 months, he has rebounded to be a Butkus Award finalist, given to the nation's best college football linebacker.

Cowart and Wadsworth Named Football News Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

TALLAHASEE, Fla. -- Florida State linebacker Sam Cowart and defensive end Andre Wadsworth were selected as two of five finalists for Football News' Defensive Player of the Year.

Cowart leads the Seminoles with 116 tackles and Wadsworth leads the ACC with 16 sacks.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 1st. Last year, Florida State defensive end Peter Boulware was Football News' Defensive Player of the Year.

Travis Minor Earns Fourth ACC Rookie of the Week Honor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Freshman tailback Travis Minor earned Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season for his performance against Florida last weekend.

Minor, a native of Baton Rouge, La., rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries, including an 18-yard score that gave the Seminoles a 26-25 lead in the third quarter against No. 10 Florida, which has the nation's second-ranked rushing defense. Minor also caught five passes for 33 yards.

Minor's season rushing total of 622 yards surpassed the total of Warrick Dunn's freshman campaign.

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