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The 2012 winner is Bernard James, a senior forward at Florida State University. Staff Sgt. James served six years in the United States Air Force, in which he enlisted at age 17 and made three tours of active duty in Iraq and Qatar.
In the course of his service, James frequently performed duties within 100 yards of falling bombs and mortars. His last mission came in August 2007 as a member of the Air Force Military Police, which assisted the Army in keeping watch on 22,000 detainees in southern Iraq.
James has been a starter and a key component in the Seminoles' success this season. He earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team this season.