Case McCoy nominated for Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award

McCoy is 5-1 as a starter this season. (image: University of Texas Athletics)
McCoy is 5-1 as a starter this season. (image: University of Texas Athletics)

DALLAS (FWAA) – Texas quarterback Case McCoy is the weekly nominee for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award that will be announced at the end of the season.

McCoy, a 6-2, 200-pound senior from Graham, Texas, and the younger brother of former UT quarterback Colt McCoy, fought a skin condition known as scleroderma for eight years starting at age four. The disease McCoy endured causes the hardening of the skin and the tightening of connective tissues. Treatments included a shot every week on Wednesday's that caused McCoy to become nauseous and violently sick.

"I started to realize, OK, this is pretty serious," McCoy told

Once a month the family would make a trip from Graham in West Texas to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas where McCoy was observed. Finally, in 2004 his scleroderma was no longer active. Case McCoy still has blemishes above and below his left cheek from the disease.

McCoy took over the starting quarterback role at Texas because of a concussion suffered by David Ash earlier this season. The Longhorns currently are undefeated in Big 12 Conference play along with Baylor going into a game against Oklahoma State on Saturday in Austin. McCoy is 5-1 as a starter this season.

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