Kentucky linebacker Josh Paschal, who missed most of last season while being treated for skin cancer, is one of the first three nominees for college football's comeback player of the year...
Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press.
Antwan Dixon couldn't eat, his mouth too sore for even soup after several teeth were pulled. A cavity could pose a threat while he waited for a bone marrow transplant to treat aplastic anemia. His body had stopped producing the necessary amount of new blood cells.