- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez is the first weekly nominee for the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Rodriguez earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Afghanistan.
Rodriguez enlisted in the Army after high school and served from 2006-10. He spent 18 months in Iraq and a year in Afghanistan. He is attending Clemson on the GI Bill.
Rodriguez has played on kickoff coverage in the Tigers' first four games, and saw action at receiver against Furman and Ball State.
"You always dream of that second chance to play football again," Rodriguez said, according to the FWAA release. "I'm in that position. I have that second opportunity that so many people have said, 'I wish I could get one more shot.' Well, now it is my shot. I have that opportunity."
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