This morning, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced that Georgia Tech running back Robert Godhigh was the conference’s 2013 Brian Piccolo award winner. After looking at the things Godhigh did on the field this season, in addition to the challenges he overcame off the field, it’s easy to see why he got the award for the “most courageous player” of the ACC.
Just take a look at the injuries, surgeries and more Godhigh prevailed over this year, courtesy of From the Rumble Seat:
Godhigh has had 3 surgeries in 2013 — two on his shoulder, and one on his hand — and despite playing the first 5 games of the season in a cast, is 10th in the conference in rushing yards and leads the team in receiving yards. To add on to that, Godhigh joined the team as a walk-on before earning a scholarship and being promoted to being a starter prior to last year.
In 12 games in 2013, Godhigh rushed 69 times for 694 yards (10.1 yard average per rush) and scored 8 total touchdowns. He was also explosive in the limited Yellow Jacket passing game, catching the ball 21 times for 420 yards (20 yard average per catch). Two of his touchdowns were through the air, and the remaining six were rushing.
It’s great to see Godhigh get some recognition for a great season in his last year with the team. He had Georgia Tech’s longest rush of the year and also the highest average rushing number for players with at least 13 carries.
Here is what coach Paul Johnson said about the red-shirt senior in Georgia Tech’s official release:
“Robert Godhigh should always be a good example to any young football player who is told that he is too small or just not athletic enough to play college football at a high level,” said Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson. “Since coming to Georgia Tech as a walk-on, he has paid his dues, remained patient and has steadily improved into one of the most productive and consistent performers in the ACC. His fighting spirit has been an inspiration to our entire team.”