Kentucky pass-rusher Josh Paschal has been named a nominee for the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.
On Tuesday, the sophomore outside linebacker was chosen as one of three players who represent the first three of 30 eventual nominees for the award given by the College Sports Information Directors of America, The Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization.
Paschal, who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma prior to training camp in the summer of 2018, underwent his final cancer treatment back in August. Throughout his rehabilitation process, the Prince George’s County, Maryland native underwent three surgeries and monthly immunotherapy treatments.
After returning on a limited basis for the final three games of the 2018, Paschal has made an immediate impact this season as a starter. In the Wildcats’ first two games, both wins, he has totaled nine tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
Ten times during the 2019 college football season, three inspiring student-athletes from all levels of college football, who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges, will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees by a panel of writers, editors and sports information directors from CoSIDA, AP and Touchdown Illustrated.
At the end of the season, three of the nominees will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners and will be recognized at a special ceremony during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Additionally, $30,000 will be donated in the names of the nine student-athletes selected as finalists to their school’s general scholarship fund, with $15,000 being awarded in the names of the three winners and $15,000 on behalf of the six named honorable mention.