Progress As LeGrand Has "Feeling" In Hands

Rutgers junior defensive tackle continues to make progress in his rehabilitation after being paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle Oct. 16 against Army. A Rutgers spokesman confirmed LeGrand has "feeling" in his hands. On Thursday, LeGrand was named the Courage Award winner by the Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America.

Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand continues to make progress from his spinal cord injury, and is experiencing "feeling in his hands," according to Rutgers spokesman Jason Baum.

LeGrand was injured while making a tackling during an Oct. 16 game against Army and is paralyzed from the neck down.

It is the latest positive sign for LeGrand, who also on Thursday was honored by the Orange Bowl and Football Writers Association of America as the winner of the Courage Award. The award will be presented Jan. 3 at the Discover Orange Bowl.

"We were deeply touched as a family to hear the news of Eric winning the Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award," the LeGrand family said in a statement. "Thank you to everyone at the Football Writers Association of America for selecting Eric.

"He continues every day to make positive steps and has attacked his rehabilitation with the same desire and passion as he did on the football field. We continue to ask everyone to keep Eric in your thoughts and prayers."

LeGrand, a 20-year-old from Avenel, N.J., is at the Kessler Institute in West Orange, N.J. Last month he was taken off a ventilator and his injury reclassified as an incomplete spinal cord injury. He initially was thought to have a complete spinal cord injury.

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