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Tech's Godhigh named winner of Brian Piccolo Award

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Georgia Tech fifth-year senior running back Robert Godhigh has been named the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2013 Brian Piccolo Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.

The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1970 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 that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community. The 2013 Piccolo Award will be presented at the ACC’s Night of Legends event which will be held Friday night at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of the festivities held around the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

Godhigh overcame three surgeries during the 2013 calendar year to become a major contributor to a Georgia Tech squad that posted a 7-5 overall record, finished second in the ACC Coastal Division and earned bowl game eligibility for the 17th straight year.

The 5-foot-7, 190-pound Godhigh underwent two shoulder surgeries and had an operation on his hand this year.

Despite playing the first five games of the season in a cast, the Acworth native ranks 10th among ACC rushers with 644 yards, his 420 receiving yards rank first on Georgia Tech’s team. Godhigh has averaged 10.1 yards per carry and 20 yards per reception.

His 9.1 yards per carry for his career is the second-best in ACC history.