QB • Oregon State University
College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA) in association with The Associated Press
(AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization have
recognized and honored thirty college football
student-athletes with the 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 the ght against cancer,
these young men have shown resilience and dedication to
themselves, to their schools and to the game of football.
Mayo Clinic honored three winners at a ceremony during the
2019 Fiesta Bowl. A total of $30,000 will be donated in the names of
the nine student-athletes selected as nalists 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 mentions.
Listed below are the three 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player
of the Year Award Winners and six Honorable Mentions.
The 6-4, 310-lb Bamburg, S.C., native missed the 2018
season, suering a detached retina in his right eye that
required four surgeries to repair and left him legally blind
in the eye. He regained his starting position as right
tackle this season which began with a 38-30 upset of SEC
powerhouse Tennessee. The high-powered Panthers
oense averaged 32.4 points, 245.2 yards rushing and
201.8 yards passing per game.
DL • University of Kentucky
For the second consecutive year, the
The Lincoln, Del., native was forced to miss the past two
seasons after being diagnosed with pericarditis and then
peripheral neuropathy. Two years of serious illness led
the distraught young man to attempt to take his life
several times. But, in January 2018, with both his physical
and mental states improved, he transferred from Mount
Union to Salisbury University where he led the team in
receiving and even set the school’s single game record
with 182 yards versus TCNJ.
ANTOINE WINFIELD JR.
DB •University of Minnesota
A thoracic spine fracture in week four of the 2017 season
versus Washington State resulted in the Marysville,
Wash. native being carted o the eld on a stretcher. He
returned in 2018 but was limited to just ve starts after
suering an ankle injury in week one. The team captain’s
remarkable comeback was completed this season
leading the Beavers to a 5-6 record in his 11 starts by
completing 222 of 358 passes for 2,714 yards, 28 TDs
and just 3 interceptions.
DB • University of Notre Dame
OL • Chapman University
QB • St. Xavier University
WR • Northern Iowa
OL • Georgia Southern University
WR • Salisbury University
2019 AWARD WINNERS
2019 HONORABLE MENTIONS