Baker wins ACC's Piccolo Award

NC State running back Toney Baker, who missed both the 2007 and 2008 seasons with a knee injury, is the recipient of the 2009 Brian Piccolo Award, the ACC announced Friday.

The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 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.

Baker's fight to get back on the field makes him the perfect choice for this year's award. I'm heading to the ACC's awards luncheon right now, so I should have a few tweets and get to talk to some players and coaches there. I've already seen Mark Herzlich and Riley Skinner walking around the hotel headquarters. Stay tuned for more from Tampa today. It's cold and rainy here, boo ...