WR | KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
DAVID BLOUGH • QB
REMARKABLE COMEBACKS RECOGNIZED
This season, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in association with The
Associated Press (AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization have recognized thirty college football
student-athletes with a new honor, Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Each one of the thirty honorees dealt with an injury or adversity over the past year
but came back stronger than ever to compete on the gridiron this season. From ACL tears and
shoulder surgeries, to overcoming cancer and brain tumors, the honorees have shown
resilience and dedication to themselves, to their schools and to the game of football.
Mayo Clinic will be honoring three winners at a ceremony during the 2019 Fiesta
Bowl, donating $5,000 to the general scholarship funds of the winners’ school
and $2,500 in the name of six other honorable mentions.
Listed below are the three 2018 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award
ERIC DUNGEY • QB
CALEB FARLEY • DB
SAM SHOOK • OL
AUSTIN TILLMAN • LB
JOSH POPLAR • LB
DT | DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
RB | CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY
Winners and six Honorable Mentions.
After being diagnosed with aplastic anemia in
high school, Antwan Dixon still led Kent State
in receiving during his freshman season. As
his symptoms worsened, he needed a bone
marrow transplant. After missing all of the
2016 and 2017 seasons, Dixon returned
and scored a touchdown in the 2018 season
opener. The junior wide receiver finished the
season leading Kent State with 52 receptions.
Seth Simmer was diagnosed with a brain
tumor during his freshman year at Dartmouth.
He had surgery in 2017 that removed 90
percent of the tumor, but forced him to relearn
how to walk. After being told he might never
play football again, Simmer made it back for
the 2018 season. He had the game of his
career against Princeton with a sack in the
end zone for a safety and a fumble recovery.
Antonio Wimbush, a Junior running back at
Carson-Newman University, suffered a torn
ACL early in the 2017 season. After rushing
for nearly 1,000 yards in 2016, last season
was expected to be a breakout for Wimbush.
Instead, he began an intense rehabilitation
that prepared him for the 2018 season where
he led the Eagles with 1,206 yards rushing,
averaging an impressive 8.0 yards per carry.