ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — This year’s Disney Spirit Award will be given to Tulane University football player Devon Walker who sustained a spinal cord injury last year.

Walker will be presented with the award during the College Football Awards show at Walt Disney World Resort Dec. 12.

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Walker collided with a teammate in the second game of the season last year while attempting to make a tackle and was paralyzed from the neck down.

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While recovering he has returned to the classroom and has been present on the football field sidelines to support his teammates. He is also close to earning his bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology.

Walker began his career as a walk-on in 2009 before earning a scholarship and becoming a team captain and starting safety in 2012.

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